Both Arsenal and Leicester City are looking to improve in 2017/18
- Arsenal vs Leicester City
- 7:45 pm Friday 11th August
- Emirates Stadium
- Live on Sky Sports
The brand new Premier League season gets underway on Friday when Arsenal host Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal, buoyed by their recent FA Cup and FA Community Shield victories over Chelsea have a great opportunity to get their season off to a perfect start. The Gunners finished 5th in their last campaign, missing out on Champions League football by the narrowest of margins.
Arsenal have strengthened up front with the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette from the French club, Lyon, but Arsène Wenger will have to make do without Santi Corzola, Mesut Özil, Alexis Sanchez, Francis Coqueling and Gabriel Paulista, all of who are injured. Some bookies have Aresnal at odds of 12/1 to win the league. Sead Kolasinac arrives from Schalke 04, he will compete for the left back slot with Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal. Ahead of Friday’s game, Wenger spoke about Sanchez.
He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training, before he came to Wembley, explained Arsene Wenger. “He had a scan two days ago and he’s out for a while – we don’t know if it is two weeks or one more week, but he will not be available. We think he will not play at Stoke. via Arsenal.com
Leicester City went into the 2016/17 season as champions, it turned out to be quite a miserable campaign. 18 defeats and a negative goal difference lead to a 12th place finish, that record must be improved on this time around. Head coach Craig Shakespear will be under the spotlight from the club’s owners. The Foxes have brought in defender Harry Maguire from Hull City, Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City and Vicente Iborra from Sevilla, the latter is currently injured. Danny Drinkwater will also be unavailable for the visitors. Riyad Mahrez has attracted the attention of a number of clubs, AS Roma are rumoured to be among the front runners for his signature. The Leicester Mercury is reporting that Roma are expected to table an improved offer of around £40m.
Both sides have had mixed fortunes in the preseason. Leicester City fell to championship sides Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burton Albion 1-0 and 2-1 respectively.
Arsenal are unbeaten against Leicester in the last 10 league games. The most notable of those victories came in Leicester’s title winning season, the Gunners ran out 5:2 winners away from home.