What a strange start to the season it has been for Leicester. They looked capable of improving on their fifth-placed finish last season after winning their opening three games – including an emphatic 5-2 victory at Manchester City – but have since lost two home games on the spin without scoring a goal.
In truth, they will be doing well to even match their lofty fifth-placed finish of last season and will probably slip further down the table by Sunday evening as there is a very good chance that they will lose a third league game on the spin.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have been solid if unspectacular. They looked excellent going forward against Fulham on the opening day of the season, but virtually every team will look excellent going forward against The Cottagers and they have been somewhat uninspired since.
They crept over the line against West Ham and dug in for narrow defeats against Liverpool and City, while their narrow win over Sheffield United will have convinced nobody. However, they are clearly playing to a system and will be too tough for Brendan Rodgers’ misfiring Foxes to break down.
A few weeks ago, it would have been sheer lunacy to predict that Leicester would fail to score in a Premier League game. Brendan Rodgers’ side scored a staggering 12 goals in their opening three league games as they raced clear at the top of the league on goal difference. But they have toiled in front of goal since that memorable win at Man City, failing to really trouble West Ham or Aston Villa. Furthermore, Arsenal have proved to be far more competent at the back under Mikel Arteta than they were under Unai Emery and will be a much tougher nut to crack.
For the most part, they defended well against City and Liverpool, something that definitely couldn’t be said about Arsenal teams in the past, and they may just prove good enough to keep out the misfiring Foxes.
It has been a disappointing start to the season for someone of Aubameyang’s high standards. With several players already closing in on double figures, Aubameyang languishes on just one goal and The Gunners simply need him to start scoring soon. He is undoubtedly one of the best forwards in the league and will be itching to break what has become a goalscoring duck by his standards.
The Gabonese striker enjoys a good record against the Foxes, scoring three goals in his two home games against them since joining in January 2018. He has scored a total of four goals in five games against them home and away and may just improve that record on Sunday night.
After missing the first games of the season through suspension, Jonny Evans has already picked up two yellow cards in his first three games. The centre back was booked in each of Leicester home defeats either side of the international break, part of a wider trend among Foxes defenders that has seen four central defenders booked in their last four games.
Evans is the most likely player to go into the referee’s notebook though. He has been booked 46 times in his Premier League career and his disciplinary record has been poor since Leicester’s defeat to Manchester United on the last day of the season.
Arsenal, by contrast, have been squeaky clean this season, with only three starting players booked in five league games so far.
Only four players have been booked in total in contrast with Leicester who had four players booked in their defeat to Villa. If anyone is going to be booked, surely they will be wearing blue.
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