Everything you need to know as Arsene Wenger’s men host the champions at the Emirates
THEO WALCOTT will lead the Arsenal attack as Arsene Wenger continues his battle to finish in the top four.
Visitors Leicester, meanwhile, have gone with an attacking line-up with Leonardo Ulloa partnering Jamie Vardy up top.
Arsenal host champions Leicester as they look to push on in the league after their FA Cup win against Manchester City.
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The Gunners came from a goal behind to earn their place in the final against Chelsea but will now turn their attentions to the Prem.
And it will not be an easy task for Arsene Wenger’s men after interim manager Craig Shakespeare has turned Leicester’s fortunes around.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the game.
What is the team news?
Arsenal: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain appears to have passed a fitness test ahead of the clash – he picked up a foot injury in Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Manchester City.
He is named among the substitutes.
Shkodran Mustafi is out after missing the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.
Lucas Perez and David Ospina still face some time on the sidelines as Wenger confirmed they would be absent.
Wenger said: “Ospina is out and Lucas is still out. They are longer-term injuries. Ospina could be back in 10 days.”
Santi Cazorla is out for the season.
Leicester: Wes Morgan and Islam Slimani will miss Wednesday’s trip to Arsenal.
Morgan has a hamstring strain while Slimani has a groin problem while Nampalys Mendy will miss the rest of the season.
Craig Shakespeare said: “Unfortunately Wes Morgan won’t make it. I think he just overstretched his hamstring. It’s not a full pull but we’re just mindful of it. Islam Slimani has a groin strain [and will miss the game],” he told reporters.
“Unfortunately Papy Mendy has had an operation on his ankle. He will be out for the rest of the season I’m afraid.”
Where can I watch Arsenal vs Leicester?
Unfortunately, Arsenal vs Leicester is not on TV.
The game kicks off at 7:45pm and you can follow all the action from the game with our Premier League live blog.
Premier League form guide
Leicester were on a brilliant run of form but have now hit a slump and not won a game in their last four.
Arsenal will be full of confident after coming from behind to beat City and will also have the home advantage.
- Leicester are on a 20 game winless run against Arsenal in the Premier League (D7 L13), with their only win against the Gunners coming in their first ever Premier League encounter in November 1994 (2-1 victory).
- Arsenal have won each of their last nine Premier League home encounters with Leicester City; the longest current run in the division.
- In fact, if the Gunners beat the Foxes, it will equal their longest home winning streak against a single club (10 successive wins against Everton between Jan 1997 – Sept 2005).
- Theo Walcott has found the net in three of his four Premier League appearances against Leicester, including in both home games.
- Jamie Vardy has scored Leicester City’s last three goals against Arsenal in the Premier League, scoring the opening goal twice. However, he is yet to end up on the winning side.
- Vardy has scored seven goals in 10 competitive games for Leicester under Craig Shakespeare, this after netting seven goals in 32 games in 2016-17 under Claudio Ranieri for the Foxes.
- Alexis Sánchez has now scored 19 Premier League goals this season; equalling his best-ever tally in a single league season (19 with Barcelona in 2013-14).
- Should Sánchez score another Premier League goal this season, he’ll be the fifth Arsenal player to score 20+ goals in a PL campaign after Thierry Henry (5 times), Ian Wright (2 times), Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor.
- Robin van Persie was the last to do this (30 goals in 2011-12).
- The Gunners will be looking to win back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time in over three months (Jan 22nd 2017), following their 2-1 win at Middlesbrough in their previous game.
- Leicester City have scored at least two goals in every one of their seven Premier League matches under Craig Shakespeare (17 goals in total). Their previous 17 Premier League goals came over a period of 20 matches.