Can Gunners gun down the Foxes?

After a two week international break, Premier League football returns this weekend but Arsenal will not be in action until Monday night.

Unai Emery's men will be seeking to keep up with the pace at the top of the table when they welcome Leicester City to the Emirates.

The Gunners moved to within two points of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool at the top of the table after six consecutive league wins in a row as they continue to flourish under the new manager.

After comfortably beating Fulham 5-1 before the international break, the winning run could be extended to 10 straight games in all competitions, and it will need the same courage to beat Claude Puel's side who are seeking to get back on track after a home defeat to Everton.

About the opponents

On their last visit to the Emirates, it was a late Olivier Giroud goal that sealed a 4-3 win last season. Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey were also on the score sheet in the seven goal thriller. However, the Foxes got their revenge last May with a 3-1 victory at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester have got some 'high-profile' and 'quality' players that can deliver in crucial times. The likes of Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho, Harry Maguire and talented James Maddison can produce a moment of individual brilliance in the game. There should be no room for error from the Arsenal defence especially against Vardy who has a good record against the top six sides.

Jamie Vardy has scored six goals in as many PL starts against Arsenal, including a brace at Emirates Stadium on the opening day of the 2017/18 season. He has had a hand in 34 goals in 46 PL appearances against last season’s top-six sides, with 27 goals and seven assists.

The Foxes have scored more goals from counter attacks (4), two more than any other side in the Premier League this season. This means the Arsenal defence should not be exposed during the game.

Leicester have been shown more red cards (3) this season. They will be without suspended captain Wes Morgan after he received matching orders against Everton in their previous league game.

They are tenth on the table with 12 points after eight games.

Team News

Good news for the Gunners as Mesut Ozil returned to full training this week following back spasm while Petr Cech is being assessed ahead of the game on Monday after suffering a left hamstring injury against Watford.

Danny Welbeck withdrew from England squad with minor hamstring issue and he is being assessed ahead of the game. Sokratis Papastathopoulos was also withdrawn at half time against Finland with an ankle problem.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles also returned to full training following a small fracture to left fibula in August.

Dinos Mavropanos (groin) and Laurent Koscielny (Achilles) hope to return to full training by November.

Head to head

Arsenal have never lost a Premier League home match against Leicester City (P12 W11 D1 L0) and have won the last 11 in a row. They have only bettered that run once in the top flight, beating Stoke City in 13 successive home matches between 1983 and 2018.

This will be the 140th meeting between the two sides. Arsenal have won 65 of those meetings compared to Leicester’s 30, with 44 draws.

Referee in Charge

The referee in charge will be Chris Kavanagh, with Daniel Cook and Sian Massey-Ellis as his assistants and Jonathan Moss as the game's fourth official.

Chris Kavanagh has been in charge of only one Arsenal game, which came last season when the Gunners outclassed Crystal Palace 4-1 at the Emirates, scoring all the four in the opening 25 minutes.


The game will be played on Monday, 22nd October at Emirates stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 8pm.

Probable Lineup;

Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Monreal; Xhaka, Torreira; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette.

Predicted scoreline: 3-1 win to Arsenal