There remain a number of question marks around Arsenal’s makeup for the new season. Have they seen the last of Alexis Sánchez? When will they be able to field their first-choice defence? But it still appears to be a more stable environment than the one in which they began last season. They lost, crucially as it turned out, to Liverpool on the opening day; Arsène Wenger knows a fast start is important this time around to make the idea of a new beginning more sellable and he will be buoyed by aspects of the Community Shield performance against Chelsea. His team look especially lively down the flanks: can they conjure up a nerve-settling early goal for their big signing, Alexandre Lacazette, or will Leicester’s own new boy Kelechi Iheanacho steal the show?

 

PROBABLE LINE UPS.

ARSENAL.

Cech
Holding Mertesacker Monreal

Bellerin Xhaka El neny OX

Iwobi. Lacazette Welbeck.

LEICESTER CITY

Schmeichel

Maguire. Morgan
Fuchs. Simpson
Ndidi. James
Mahrez. Okazaki. Albrighton
Vardy

Kick-off: Friday,  7.45pm

Venue: Emirates Stadium

Last season: Arsenal 1 vs Leicester City 0

Referee: Mike Dean

 

Arsenal

Subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Chambers, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Wilshere, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Özil, Nelson, Reine-Adélaïde, Walcott, Pérez, Giroud

 

Doubtful: Mertesacker (head), Mustafi (match fitness), Özil (ankle), Ramsey (calf)

Injured: Sánchez (abdomen, 27 Aug), Cazorla (calf, unknown), Gabriel (knee, unknown)

Suspended: Koscielny (second of three games)

Form: n/a

Discipline (last season): Y67 R3

Leading scorer (last season): Sánchez 24

Leicester City

Subs: Jakupovic, Hamer, Gray, Iheanacho, Chilwell, King, Musa, Lawrence, Amartey, Ulloa, Benalouane

Doubtful: None

Injured: Drinkwater (thigh, 19 Aug), Huth (match fitness, 26 Aug), Iborra (groin, 26 Aug)

Suspended: None

Form: n/a

Discipline (last season): Y72 R1

Leading scorer (last season) Vardy 13

 

Article By: Dare Ayinde

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