At the start of August, not even the most optimistic of Leicester fans would have predicted that their side would go into this match sitting above Arsenal in the table; however, an unbeaten start means that is the case this weekend.
Leicester staged another fine comeback last weekend, recovering from 2-0 down to salvage a point at Stoke and stay in the top four. Manager Claudio Ranieri’s promise of pizza if his side kept a clean sheet failed to have the desired effect, though, and the Foxes have still not prevented another team scoring this season.
The hosts’ settled side is unlikely to change drastically on Saturday, with only winger Nathan Dyer and long-term absentee Matty James unavailable. Jamie Vardy is hoping to score in his fourth successive Premier League game, whilst only Lionel Messi has completed more successful dribbles than Riyad Mahrez in Europe’s top leagues this season.
The Foxes have not beaten Arsenal since 1994, and the visitors will be further boosted by a derby success against Tottenham in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.
Arsenal won’t be able to field Gabriel after he was given a one-match ban in his part in the scuffle with Chelsea striker Diego Costa, but Santi Cazorla – who also saw red in the defeat at Stamford Bridge – served his ban in midweek and is back in contention for this weekend. That will come as a relief for Arsene Wenger as Francis Coquelin is out with a knee injury.
The visitors have collected 10 points from their opening six games – the same total as at this stage last season – and need Alexis Sanchez to rediscover his mojo; the Chilean has not scored so far this season despite having had more attempts than any other player.
League Position: Leicester – 4th, 12pts; Arsenal – 5th, 10pts
Last Meeting: Arsenal 2-1 Leicester (February 10, 2015)
Form: Leicester – WWDDWD; Arsenal – LWDWWL
Key Men: Leicester – Jamie Vardy; Arsenal – Theo Walcott
Shoot says: Leicester 2-2 Arsenal