Leicester City v Arsenal: Predicted lineups
Leicester City vs Arsenal
King Power Stadium
Referee: Anthony Taylor
After Arsenal's quest to reach the Champions League group stages ended in success at the Emirates Stadium Thursday night, the Gunners must refocus their attention once more towards domestic matters.
The Gunners will face English Premier League new boys, Leicester City, for the first time in eleven years, away at King Power Stadium. The Foxes have been given a difficult start to the season after drawing against Everton and losing to Chelsea in their first two matches, but they have looked much stronger out of the gate than many believed they might have and their showings thus far are looking positive for the survival quest.
Arsenal are once again riddled with injuries as Kieran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta, David Ospina, Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry are currently out. However, the most disturbing news, striker Olivier Giroud has undergone ankle surgery and is projected to be out at least four months.
Walcott and Gnabry will not be making their returns to the team anytime soon as Arsene Wenger has stated the players will not be ready to play in the immediate future.
For Arsenal, experience will give them the advantage as it is Leicester's first time back in the English Premier League. With the performance given on Wednesday, the Gunners should be able to overcome Leicester's side, but there is much experience and talent in the East Midlands club's ranks and being newly promoted they will look at every match as their last as they battle for survival from day one.
However, even with their experience in their opening two matches the Gunners have yet to show dominance against the clubs that on paper have "weaker" teams. They barely defeated Crystal Palace in the first match day with a last minute goal from midfielder Aaron Ramsey and against Everton Olivier Giroud saved the Gunners from defeat with a late strike to rescue a point.
Arsenal are going to need to find their niche quickly if they want to be successful in the Premier League this season. Last minute goals are nice but it will not be enough in more important matches.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, manager Arsene Wenger is aware of the potential threats that Leicester City will pose on Sunday, "They have been impressive in their first two games," Says Wenger, "They had a very good result against Everton and not only did they get a good result but they came back which showed mental strength as well."
On Leicester's performance against Chelsea, "At Chelsea, they played very well. I have seen the report on them at Chelsea. It is a team who has very good defensive solidity. They are good at counter attacking, they have two good players on the flanks as well who are very quick."
Wenger went on to say that he believes Leicester is a team with many threats and new signing Esteban Cambiasso from Inter Milan can pose a big challenge for the team.
Speaking of new signings, Forward Alexis Sanchez is finally displaying confidence and stability on the pitch after Arsenal's success against Besiktas in the Champions League playoffs. The former Barcelona man showed quality as a center forward by scoring a magnificent goal, allowing the Gunners to succeed to the group stages.
If Arsenal display the same fight and will power that they had during the Besiktas match than they will be okay. Alexis Sanchez had plenty of scoring opportunities which is certainly a good sign for the Gunners after a clammy start to the season.
Leichester City: (4-4-2) Schmeichel; de Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky; Mahrez, King, Hammond, Schlupp; Nugent, Ulloa
Arsenal: (4-2-3-1) Szczesny; Debuchy, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal; Flamini, Ramsey; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere, Ozil; Sanchez