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Arsenal’s match with Leicester City postponed

Arsenal will not be playing Leicester on March 18th after all.

Arsenal v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Arsenal were scheduled to play Leicester City on Sunday, March 18th, but the match has been postponed. The Foxes will be unavailable that weekend thanks to their FA Cup duties. They will play in the fifth round of the competition on Saturday the 17th against Chelsea, and a single day is way too quick a turnaround between games.

The match on the 18th would have been Arsenal’s second against Leicester in the Premier League this season. The Gunners played Leicester at the Emirates in their season opener and won 4-3, thanks to a signature Olivier Giroud header in the 84th minute (I’m not crying, you’re crying).

The game has yet to be rescheduled, and rescheduling could be an issue with Arsenal’s Europa League commitments, depending on how far they go in that competition. And because we don’t know when the match will be, it’s hard to say what’s at stake—it will probably be important for Arsenal, who sit sixth in the table with a sizable gap to the others ahead of them, but Leicester are a solid mid-table team in eighth, and both of those positions could change if the match isn’t played soon.

Although Arsenal won the reverse fixture last year, they did allow Leicester to put three in the net, and they focused on upgrading their attack in January rather than addressing defensive issues—we might be in for a fun, high-scoring game when it is finally played.