Arsenal play host to Leicester City today at the Emirates in yet another important Premier League clash. The Gunners recent four-match (three in the PL) winning streak has catapulted them into 7th in the table but dropping points could see them crash back down as many as three places. The middle of the table is extremely congested. Leicester are also desperate for points as they look to hold off Chelsea and Manchester United and keep a firm grip on a Champions League place.
The marquee “matchup” today is Jamie Vardy vs. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The pair are one-two in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot. Vardy has scored nine goals in nine league games against the Gunners, including three braces — he always gives Arsenal fits. Aubameyang became the quickest to reach club goals in Arsenal history with his brace against Norwich. He has also scored the most goals of any player in the Premier League since joining Arsenal in January 2018.
When the two clubs met at the King Power in November, the Foxes won 2-0 with goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison. That feels like a lifetime ago, and I don’t think there are any meaningful takeaways from that result. Leicester were good then, and they are good now. Arsenal weren’t very good then and are much better now.
James Maddison, Ben Chilwell, and Ayoze Perez are all questionable for Leicester. Maddison is unlikely to be available. Chilwell and Perez face late fitness tests to determine their availability.
For Arsenal, Mesut Özil is unlikely to feature as he continues to recover from back soreness (at least that’s what they’re telling us). Matteo Guendouzi, who reportedly hasn’t trained with the team for two weeks, is also unlikely to make the matchday squad.
Arsenal - Martinez, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Tierney, Saka, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Leicester - Schmeichel, Bennett, Evans, Soyuncu, Justin, Ndidi, Tielemans, Albrighton, Perez Iheanacho, Vardy
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