At the start of the season, I am pretty sure not even the craziest of Leicester City fans would have predicted that their team would be the only unbeaten team going into Matchday 7. Arsenal meet Leicester hoping to keep their proud Invincibles record intact and the Gunners can ensure that the record stays for another year by slaying the Foxes. The home side led by Claudio Ranieri have surprised everybody by their swashbuckling football and their fighting spirit. Their opponents, Arsenal, have had a stop start season so far. However, they progressed to the League Cup fourth round by getting one over their North London rivals after two straight defeats to Dinamo Zagreb and Chelsea.
Arsene Wenger made 10 changes in midweek and surely there will be wholesale changes for this game as well. Arsenal go into an important week with games against Olympiakos and United coming, and can’t afford to drop points. Leicester will not be easy, if they have been unbeaten so far then they must be doing something right. Having said that, Leicester are conceding goals left, right and centre and if Arsenal can play their usual game they will get chances and more importantly they should convert them.
Gabriel is suspended for this game for his reaction following his red card against Chelsea. Francis Coquelin is not being risked for this game and that makes sense. Santi Cazorla returns to the side after serving his suspension while Mathieu Flamini has fought himself into the manager’s plans after his midweek heroics. Per Mertesacker should partner Laurent Koscielny in the central defensive position.
Leicester are living a fairytale and everything Ranieri touches turns to gold. For all their endeavour and brave attacking football, they have leaked goals. They can’t be doing their comebacks week in and week out. It has to come to an end at some point. Mahrez and Vardy are Leicester’s two most dangerous players and Arsenal will have to keep them quiet if they want to win the game. Arsenal should score against the home’s side defence and that’s where the battle will be won. Can Leicester keep the Gunners at bay?
We are already 5 points off the Champions and we can’t afford to lose further ground in the title race.