Arsenal will be looking to get their Premier League campaign back on track when they meet high-flying Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners suffered a controversial defeat to Chelsea last weekend, while their opponents have not lost any of their league matches this season.


The major talking point was the first-half sending off ofGabriel Paulista, who had reacted angrily to a tussle between Diego Costa and Laurent Koscielny, and the Gunners ended up finishing with nine men after Santi Cazorla picked up a second booking late on.

There was plenty of debate after the match, and Gabriel has since had his ban withdrawn, with Costa instead forced to sit out three games on the sidelines after being found guilty of violent conduct.

The defeat came just days after another disappointing night for the club, as they started their Champions League campaign with a shock 2-1 loss against Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb.

However, Arsene Wenger's side responded to those setbacks by beating North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday evening, with Mathieu Flamini firing in a stunning double.

The Arsenal manager will be hoping that the win can provide the spark for his team to put together a strong run of results, but they have found goals hard to come by in recent weeks, and have only scored five times in their opening six league games.

Recent form: DWWLLW

Leicester City

Very few people would have predicted the impressive start to the campaign that Leicester have managed, following the turbulent summer that the club endured.

Nigel Pearson was sacked as their manager in June, despite guiding the Foxes to seven wins from their final nine games last season to keep them in the Premier League.

The club appointed former Chelsea and Inter Milan bossClaudio Ranieri to take charge, but his arrival was greeted with scepticism from supporters and pundits alike.

However, after their opening six league games of the season Leicester are unbeaten and are currently sat fourth in the table, just three points behind leaders Manchester City.

The Foxes have also made it through to the fourth round of the League Cup, after claiming a 2-1 win over West Ham United on Tuesday evening thanks to Andy King's extra-time header.

Their last Premier League outing saw them come from two goals down to snatch a draw against Stoke City, and that result came just a week after they recovered from a similar scoreline to earn a 3-2 victory over Midlands rivals Aston Villa.

Recent form: DWDWDW

Team News

Leicester will make wholesale changes from the side who beat West Ham in the League Cup, with Riyad Mahrez andJamie Vardy among those expected to start.

However, Nathan Dyer and Matthew James are still struggling with injury problems and could be forced to miss out once again.

Arsenal will have Cazorla available after the midfielder served his one-match ban against Tottenham, while Paulista can also play after having his recent suspension overturned.

With Francis Coquelin a major doubt with a knee problem, derby hero Flamini should keep his place in the centre of the midfield.

A number of players who dropped out of the starting lineup at Spurs will return, with Theo Walcott expected to replace Olivier Giroud up front and Alexis Sanchez also coming back into the attack.


Please Leave Any Comments On This Article Here

Football results provided by

Standings provided by

Make a free website with Yola