Arsenal’s club record signing Alexandre Lacazette starts in tonight’s Premier League opener against Leicester City, with Olivier Giroud on the bench.
Midfielder Mesut Ozil returns from injury, pushing Alex Iwobi to the bench. Aaron Ramsey was in contention of starting, but Mohamed Elneny starts ahead of the Welshman alongside Granit Xhaka.
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Arsenal’s starting XI against Leicester City: Petr Cech, Rob Holding, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Hector Bellerin, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck, Alexandre Lacazette.
It’s a team full of pace to catch the Foxes on the break, but the backline may be susceptible. Monreal and Kolasinac are more natural left-backs, but have played a number of games as centre-backs.
Arsenal’s first game of the new Premier League season sees them hosting the 2015/16 title-winners Leicester city at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night.
Arsenal are 1/2 to win against the Foxes and will go top of the table until the weekend round of games if they win, putting Leicester bottom of the pile for their troubles.
The Gunners have a fantastic head-to-head record against City, taking four points off them in two league meetings last season (Arsenal 1-0 Leicester City, Leicester City 0-0 Arsenal) six points in 2015/16 (Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City, Leicester 2-5 Arsenal) and four points in 2014/15 (Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City, Leicester City 1-1 Arsenal).
As a result, Arsene Wenger’s men will fancy their chances of picking up all three points on home soil, coming off the back of three wins from five in pre-season.