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Arsenal will play their second Premier League match of the season on Saturday afternoon, but this will be the first time the Gunners play in front of their home crowd at the Emirates this season. Mikel Arteta’s men have a tough task at hand since their next opponent Leicester City can punish any team in the division on their day. But, they will also remember that Arsenal completed a double over the Foxes last season. Are Leicester going to return empty-handed from the Emirates once again?
It took time, but it seems that Mikel Arteta has finally addressed the shortcomings and made Arsenal a genuine contender for the Champions League spots. The Spaniard has been busy this season in the summer transfer window, and the results seem incredibly promising.
After some fantastic preseason results, Arsenal turned up the heat at Selhurst Park with some scintillating football in the opening 20 minutes. After getting the opening goal, the North London side slowed down and allowed Crystal Palace more possession, but they successfully blocked them out of critical zones. The visitors would pick up a second goal towards the end and secure a 2-0 away win. From start to finish, Arsenal managed the game perfectly.
Arteta can field the same XI against Leicester as the Palace game if he wants since there are no new injury concerns. Fábio Vieira, Emile Smith-Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu are fit to feature for the first time this season.
‘’Oops, we did it again!’’
That might have been the thought that popped up in Brendan Rodgers’s head as the Leicester manager saw his team throwing away a lead once again. A Timothy Castagne header and a Kieran Drewsbury-Hall long-ranger had given Leicester a comfortable 2-0 lead against Brentford. But, the Bees did not give up and continued to test the Leicester defence. An Ivan Toney strike right after the hour-mark gave Leicester belief and Josh Dasilva, who came in as a second-half substitute, completed the comeback by scoring four minutes before the whistle.
There has been a cloud of uncertainty around Leicester since the preseason. An opening day win could have eased the tension, but dropping points on the opening day will cast a darker shadow over the club’s ambitions this season. A positive result at the Emirates this Saturday, however, can make a big difference.
Leicester don’t have any fresh injuries ahead of their London trip. Ricardo Pereira will be a long-term absentee after rupturing his Achilles tendon during a preseason friendly against Sevilla. He will need about half a year to fully recover. Harvey Barnes and Ryan Bertrand will return much sooner, but they will not be available against Arsenal.
The Leicester defence could find it difficult to deal with the threat Arsenal have in their attacking line. Recent form prompts top football betting tips experts to root for an Arsenal win. We say, Arsenal 2-0 Leicester.
Arsenal to win @ 1.49