Arsenal are still the only team in English league football without an away point in 2018, after suffering a defeat at the hands of Leicester City. The Gunners, who are set to enter their final game under the guidance of manager Arsene Wenger this Sunday, will be praying that they can salvage something from their trip to Huddersfield so that they can avoid the stigma of heading into next season without an away point in 2018 to their name.
Arsenal play away to Leicester City this evening. The game’s significance in terms of points and table-placement is absolutely non-existent as it is quite certain the Gunners will finish the season in sixth place. With two games remaining, they have no chance of taking over Chelsea (currently in fifth) or any other team above, and they are quite safe from Burnley below after beating the Cherries in a convincing manner at the weekend.
Be that as it may, the players will want to give their best effort as they prepare to say goodbye to the man that has overseen the arrival, and the whole Arsenal career up to this point, of every single one of them.
As seen on bet365, the official betting odds for Arsenal’s visit to Leicester City have been released. The Gunners are aiming to finish the season strong against a Leicester City side who have had a fairly uneventful season – despite being positioned firmly in the top 10 of the Premier League. The Foxes have been able to stabilise themselves following a close call with relegation last season, whereas Arsenal have continued to drop in quality under the guidance of Arsene Wenger.
We’re back again with another trip down memory lane, but this time, we’re not going all too far into the past. In the last twelve months a lot of things have changed at the Emirates but, for the most part, a lot of things have remained the same. This time last year the Gunners were also struggling to make any kind of ground on the top four and were facing the very real prospect of dropping into the Europa League. While they may now view that competition a little bit differently, the fate of the club remains the same as we prepare for a world without Arsene Wenger in charge.
According to Volker Struth, agent of defender Benedikt Howedes, Arsenal and Leicester City tried and failed to bring the German international to the Premier League on deadline day, reports Sport Bild.
Howedes, now of Juventus, was keen to leave former side Schalke in the summer after being stripped of his captaincy and ended up joining the Serie A giants on a season-long loan. In addition to Arsenal and Leicester, the 29-year-old was believed to have interest from AS Roma too.
Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez has been attracting plenty of attention around Europe as the 26-year-old is looking to leave the King Power Stadium before the transfer window closes on Thursday night.
The Algeria international has been released from international duty in attempt to finalize his future, knowing he formally handed in a transfer request earlier in the summer.
Mahrez was reportedly promised by club officials Leicester City would not stand in his way this summer, but the Foxes star still failed to solve his situation during the entire summer during which he was strongly linked with a move to Serie A giants AS Roma. Giallorossi, however, failed in their £32 million bid for the Foxes winger earlier this summer and are thought to be out of the race.
Arsenal’s 4-3 victory over Leicester City in Friday’s Premier League opener was a rare victory for the Gunners when looking at their past record.
Arsenal’s opening day record since 2009
- 15/8/10: Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal
- 13/8/11: Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal
- 18/8/12: Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland
- 17/8/13: Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa
- 16/8/14: Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 9/8/15: Arsenal 0-2 West Ham
- 14/8/16: Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool
- 11/8/17: Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City
Arsene Wenger’s men have endured a terrible run in the first league fixture of a new season but have oddly often enjoyed a fantastic run of form in the handful of games that followed.
Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score the winning goal late on as Arsenal came from behind against Leicester City to finally win an opening day fixture.
Arsenal took the lead inside of two minutes through Lacazette. The French international brilliantly headed a powerful first-time cross from Mohamed Elneny past Kasper Schmeichel, but the Gunners’ celebrations were shot-lived.
Shinji Okazaki levelled for Leicester within minutes after Petr Cech failed to claim a cross and found himself in no man’s land, allowing Okazaki to head home the cutback with the goal gaping.
Arsenal welcome Leicester to the Emirates in their Premier League opener on Friday night, and are big favourites to pick up all three points given how strong the Gunners are on home soil, compared to how poor the Foxes have been on the road in the last 12 months.
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side finished fifth in the Premier League last season, boasting 14 wins and three draws from their 19 home games, and have been in good form in pre-season too. The Gunners are coming off the back of three wins from their last five games this summer and will fancy their chances against a Leicester outfit struggling for consistency.
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.