Arsenal next face the challenge of Leicester City. The Gunners, with a complete 100% record over their previous nine matches, welcome the East Midlanders to the Emirates in search of another three points.
Leicester come into this fixture after a disappointing result against Everton. The Foxes lost 2-1, their third loss in their last six games and allowed the Toffees to join them on 12 points.
The Gunners will be welcoming back both Mesut Özil (Back) and Danny Welbeck (Hamstring), who returned to full training this week. Arsenal will also be assessing the fitness of Petr Čech (Hamstring) and Sokratis (Ankle), with the latter being injured during the international break.
The Foxes manager, Claude Puel, revealed that all of Leicester’s international stars have returned match fit, and that Demarai Gray (ankle) and Matty James (Achilles) are progressing well. He also mentioned that Çağlar Söyüncü is ‘ready’ to play when the time is right.
Unai Emery has seemingly found his midfield duo. Starting all of the last (blank) games, Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira have formed quite the bond. With the two regularly operating as a pair to form a block in front of the defence while also preventing any passes through the lines, the Londoners’ defence has considerably tightened since the early weeks and allows the attacking players more space and time.
Arsenal will have to be wary of Foxes striker Jamie Vardy, who nearly signed for the Gunners in 2016. The Englishmen has an outstanding record against the London side. With his six goals in six games, Vardy is often able to find space in behind with his speed, he will surely be looking to do the same against Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
However, the Leicester striker has only been on the winning side against Arsenal once, last time out in May, with Arsenal winning 4 times during his time in Leicestershire.
Unai Emery admitted that despite the glorious run of form, his side “can do a lot better”. The Spaniard demanded that he wanted his Arsenal side to maintain control throughout the whole game. “If we are remembering the last match at the Emirates [against Watford], we won but not playing like we want, with the control against the opposition.”
Puel also asked for an improvement from members of his side. Talking about the returning internationals, he stated, “They need to continue their good work in training sessions and in games and to continue to improve”
Arsenal 3 – 1 Leicester
Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Monreal; Torreira, Xhaka, Özil; Iwobi, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Leicester City: Schmeichel; Amartey, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Mendy, Ndidi; Pereira, Maddison; Iheanacho, Vardy.