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Gunners face Leicester on Monday night

Last updated: October 19, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Monday, 20:00
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports
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Last Meeting: Leicester 3 – 1 Arsenal
Competition: EPL

Arsenal struggled in their first two matches against top-six opponents where they lost both matches. However they bounced back with three consecutive wins and will be hoping to make it four in a row against mid-table Leicester who sit in tenth. Leicester have won four and lost four in the league so far.

Arsenal secured a hard-fought 2-1 win at the St. James Park. The most significant thing to pick out from the match was Mesut Ozil’s return of fortune as he scored his first goal of the season for the winner after Granit Xhaka had put them ahead with a spectacular free kick. Newcastle pulled one back late in added time but it was too little too late as The Gunners took home all three points.

The home side struggled in their first two opening fixtures, but you could argue that these games came too early for the new manager. Losing 2-0 against current champions Manchester City and 3-2 against 2016/17 champions Chelsea. The gunners came back from the two consecutive losses to turn around their fortunes with a 3-1 demolition of West Ham, 3 – 2 hammering of Cardiff and the recent 2-1 win against Newcastle. The team look well adapted to the new manager, Unai Emery’s strategy that seemed well instilled in the team with much depth in the squad to rotate his players and still deliver results. Arsenal have had nine different scorers with Alexander Lacazette and Pierre Aubameyang leading the club’s goal scoring list with 4 goals apiece.

Despite Leicester sitting in tenth they are actually enjoying the best start to the Premier League since they infamously won the title in 2016. They have taken 12 points in their opening eight games. Discipline has been a problem for Leicester with Wes Morgan being suspended for this game due to his red card against Everton. This is Morgan’s second suspension already having been sent off in the fixture against Bournemouth.

Leicester had a tough fixture list at the start of the season with a trip to Old Trafford to start with, a game they lost 2-1. They dispatched Wolves at home 2-0 with a Matt Doherty own goal and a James Maddison effort. They did however lose Jamie Vardy to a red card in that game in the 66th minute. Southampton was next and another win for Leicester with England hero Harry Maguire grabbing a last minute winner. Liverpool were victorious in their visit to the King Power Stadium but were made to work for a narrow 2-1 victory.

In the next fixture Leicester played poorly, losing 4-2 to Bournemouth. In that game they were losing 3-0 at half-time and the score line only had a degree of respectability due to two late goals scored in the 88th and 89th minute. The next game was a much better performance with Iheanacho, Maddison and Vardy all scoring in a 3-1 win over Huddersfield. Leicester then faced Wolves in the League Cup and needed penalties to advance. Back in league action they faced Newcastle at St. James’ Park and piled in the misery for the Geordies with a 2-0 win, Vardy and Maguire doing the damage. In the last game before the international break they faced Everton at home and despite Ricardo Pereira scoring a goal in the 40th minute, goals by Richarlison and Sigurðsson gave the Toffees a 2-1 win.

Team News

Ramsey has scored five goals in the last three matches in this fixture including a hat trick in the previous match.

Arsenal will be looking to make four consecutive wins and looking to gather their first clean sheet. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is a doubt which could mean Rob Holding starting.

Ben Chilwell is back in the squad but Demarai Gray (ankle) and Matty James (Achilles) are out injured.

Morgan’s second sending off of the season means he is ineligible for selection.

Expected Line-Ups:

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Leno, Bellerini, Mustafi, Holding, Monreal, Torreira, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette.
Subs: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Welbeck
Injured: Koscielny, Kolasnic, Jenkinson, Maitland-Niles
Doubtful: Papastathopoulos
Not available:
Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel, Amartley, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Pereira, Maddison, Albrighton, Vardy.
Subs: Ward, Fuchs, Iborra, Ghezzal, Okazaki
Injured: Gray, James
Not available: Morgan

So Far This Season

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Arsenal This Season Leicester This Season
4th League Position 1th
6 (3) Wins (away) 4 (2)
3 – 1 v West Ham Biggest Win 3 – 1 v Huddersfield
0 (0) Draws (away) 0 (0)
0 – 2 v Man City Biggest Defeat 2 – 4 v Bournemouth
Aubameyang (4) Lacazette (4) Top Goal Scorer Maddison (3)
Y9, R0 Discipline Y13, R3
1 Failures to Score 0
0% Clean Sheets 25%
80% Both Teams to Score Games 80%
80% Over 2.5 Goals 75%
20% Under 2.5 Goals 25%
  • Arsenal are on a nine-game winning streak in all competitions but are still seeking their first clean sheet.
  • Arsenal’s nine goals so far this season have come from nine different scorers to prove their versatility.
  • Leicester’s away form is improving, having won two of their last three Premier League games on the road.
  • Leicester City have never won a Premier League match against Arsenal, managing just one draw in the 12 times the clubs have met.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
09/05/2018 EPL Leicester 3 – 1 Arsenal Iheanacho 14′
11/08/2017 EPL Arsenal 4 – 3 Leicester Lacazette 2′
21/05/2017 EPL Arsenal 1 – 0 Leicester Huth (og) 8′
20/08/2016 EPL Leicester 0 – 0 Arsenal
14/02/2016 EPL Arsenal 2 – 1 Leicester Vardy 45′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Arsenal after a shaky start to the season are on a great run and are just two points off the top of the table. Despite this good run there are still questions over the Arsenal defence. So far they have conceded 10 goals in eight games. Chelsea have conceded 5 but Manchester City and Liverpool have only let in 3 goals.

Leicester are also vulnerable at the back with 12 goals conceded, they have scored 14 so like Arsenal they see attack as the best means of defence.

All things considered we would back goals and plenty of them, over 2.5 goals can be had for around 4/9, the brave among you might even be tempted with over 3.5. Head over to Betway for great value odds.