Saturday, 9 November 2019
Arsenal and Leicester battle it out on Saturday evening in a match which could go some way to deciding who ends up with a Premier League top-four finish, with both sides seemingly heading in very different directions.
The Gunners have fallen off the pace following a poor run of form that’s seen them pick up just two points from their last three Premier League games and they’ve let slip leads in each of their last four games in all competitions.
Unai Emery takes his side to the King Power Stadium aware that he must start to deliver more wins if he is to keep his job in the Gunners dugout. Arsenal could drop as low as 10th with a defeat.
The Spaniard knows he must qualify for the Champions League this season to realistically stand a chance of keeping his job beyond next summer, but it is the home side who look the likelier to do so on current results.
Emery has just been forced to strip Granit Xhaka of the captaincy following a row with his own supporters, replacing him with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while the absence of Mesut Ozil for much of this season has been bizarre, to say the least.
The fanbase hasn’t helped much either with their hyper-criticism of Xhaka, while some of their support also abused new skipper Aubameyang in the street, despite his outstanding record in front of goal.
Xhaka will once again miss out with all signs pointing to a January exit with the backdrop of the hostile Emirates breathing down heavily on his neck.
On the other hand, it is not often Leicester start a league game sitting above Arsenal and judging by current form, the Foxes have everything to pile further misery on Emery’s team.
The home side kept their good form going with a sublime 2-0 away win at Crystal Palace to make it three wins on the bounce and stay third on the log. Beating Arsenal on Saturday would be the perfect boost for the Foxes heading into the international break.
Leicester’s impressive form so far this season has seen Brendan Rodgers linked with the Arsenal job, with bookmakers listing him as one of the favourites for the role if Emery is dismissed.
Arsenal have been dealt a blow as Dani Ceballos has been ruled out of the game after suffering a hamstring injury during the 1-1 draw with Vitoria in the Europa League on Wednesday night.
The likes of Bernd Leno, David Luiz, Hector Bellerin, Matteo Guendouzi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are all set to come back into the Arsenal side after being rested in midweek.
Leicester have no new injury concerns to worry about. Jamie Vardy will want to continue his run of five goals from three outings.
Head to head:
Leicester have won their last two league home games against Arsenal and have won eight of their last 11 games at the King Power.
Leicester win with Over 2.5 goals