Arsenal ended last season behind eventual champions Leicester but last term’s top two sides got their seasons off to a disappointing start as they both lost to Liverpool and Hull City respectively. Hence, Saturday’s encounter between Arsene Wenger’s men and The Foxes promises to be a feisty one – as both sides will be going all out for three points.
Whilst all pressure will be on visiting manager Wenger, following a 4-3 home loss to Liverpool last weekend, Leicester too will feel the need to nick all points so as not to suffer the same fate as 2014/15 champions Chelsea last season.
Wenger received boos from some Arsenal fans during the defeat to The Reds, with supporters demanding that the French boss changes his approach and bring in a top notch centre-back. As things stands, however, it appears unlikely that Arsenal will bring in a defender before Saturday’s game – with a purported deal for Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi hitting the rocks.
Therefore, the Gunners are expected to have veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech once again in goal, with Spanish speedster Hector Bellerin and counterpart Nacho Monreal mounting the right-back and left-back positions respectively.
Laurent Koscielny, who missed the defeat to The Merseysiders, is expected to feature against The Foxes and Calum Chambers is likely to be the Frenchman’s partner in the heart of defence.
In midfield, summer signing from Borussia Monchengladbach Granit Xhaka should start and regular defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin will partner the Switzerland international.
In attack, Chilean wizard Alexis Sanchez could play from the wings – as Olivier Giroud is likely to lead the line for the Gunners after missing the Liverpool game – while Mesut Ozil could also return to play behind the former Montpellier goal poacher. Santi Cazorla should also play from the start following the injury sustained by Aaron Ramsey last weekend.
Arsenal’s predicted line-up: Cech; Bellerin, Chambers, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Coquelin; Sanchez, Ozil, Cazorla; Giroud.