Arsenal host Leicester City at the Emirates today in an important match for early-season table position. The Gunners and the Foxes should be fighting each other for Top 4 all season, and a win today for either side would stake them to an early lead.
The Arsenal-Leicester fixture has been completely dominated by the home side: the Gunners are 5-1-0 against the Foxes at the Emirates since Leicester returned to the Premier League. Arsenal bested Leicester earlier this season in the League Cup in a match where both sides used mostly reserve players.
Arsenal have caught a bit of a break: Jamie Vardy, he of the 10 goals in 11 matches against the Gunners starts on the bench for the Foxes as he recovers from a calf problem. Leicester will also be without standout centerback Çağlar Söyüncü, who is out for an indeterminate period with a hip injury. Brendan Rodgers will also be missing the services of Ricardo Pereira, Daniel Amartey, and Wilfred Ndidi.
Dani Ceballos has recovered from a minor ankle problem and will start today. Willian was not passed fit from his calf injury and did not make the bench. Rob Holding is out 3-4 weeks with a hamstring injury. Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers, and Gabriel Martinelli are still out long-term.
As I’ve said for a while now, the question going forward for Arsenal is how much offense can they muster. They haven’t been creating enough chances and generating enough shots to sustain their results. They’re off to a strong start to the season but banking on converting the one good chance you get a match isn’t a viable, season-long strategy. Perhaps Thomas Partey, who is making his first start at the Emirates, can help change that.
Arsenal - Leno, Bellerin, David Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Partey, Saka, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Leicester City - Schmeichel, Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Fuchs, Justin, Mendy, Tielemans, Praey, Maddison, Barnes
WHAT: Arsenal vs. Leicester
WHERE: The Emirates
WHEN: Sunday, October 25th 12:15 PM PT | 3:15 PM ET | 7:15 PM BT (note: the clocks go back in Britain overnight)
US TV: Peacock
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