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Leicester City Pick
The Gunners will win in front of their fans but it is not likely to be an exciting match.
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Arsenal off to a Winning Start, but still things to improve on
In the first game last season’s season, Arsenal lost 3-0 to newly promoted Brentford. Although Mikel Arteta was without many key players, their limp performance in West London made it clear that they were not prepared for what lay ahead. The inexperienced Arsenal side proved unfit to cope with the loud atmosphere at Brentford Community Stadium. It was going to be fascinating to see how they fared against a similar crowd at Selhurst Park on Friday.
On the evidence of the game against Crystal Palace, Arsenal have made substantial progress in the last 12 months. The 2-0 win was a great result in a match against rivals who have collected more points last season at meetings with Premier League’s six big teams than any other team except Liverpool and Manchester City. Arsenal were quick out of the blocks and dominated the match early on, with Gabriel Martinelli’s header giving them the lead in the 20th minute.
But it wasn’t a perfect performance by Arsenal. Palace came back into the game in the final 15 minutes of the first half. The Palace team was the stronger in the second half and they could have easily equalized the score before Arsenal got their second. The Gunners took control and missed golden opportunities. Arteta may have enjoyed parts of the team’s performance but Arsenal’s inability keep Palace at arms length is a sign that there are still many things to be done.
Home form is crucial for Arsenal’s hopes of reaching the top four and qualifying for Champions League. Last term, only Liverpool and City scored more points than Arsenal. They will need to make the Emirates Stadium a fortress once again in 2022/23.
Win on Saturday Will Clear Some Gloom Around Leicester
With only an hour remaining in the first match, Leicester seemed to be on their way to victory. The home team led Brentford by 2-0 at King Power Stadium. They looked capable of scoring another goal thanks to goals from Timothy Castagne, Kiernan dewsbury-Hall and Kiernan Castagne. The Foxes sank further and deeper into the game, inviting Brentford to join them. The Foxes were punished when Josh Dasilva and Ivan Toney restored parity for the visitors and gave them a point. It was an especially disappointing result considering the current pessimism around the club. Back-to-back fifth-place finishes in 2019/20 and 2020/21 (plus an FA Cup triumph in the latter season) were followed by a backward step last time out, as Leicester finished eighth after spending much of the campaign in mid-table,
The Foxes are the only team in the Premier League yet to make a signing this summer. Rodgers is likely to want to strengthen his team in specific areas but there are financial limitations that make this difficult. Rival Premier League clubs are interested in Kasper Schmeichel, Wesley Fofana and James Maddison.
Rodgers can still hold onto all three of these players until the September 1 transfer deadline. However, if any of the three players are sold by Leicester, they will not be able to qualify for Europa League.
Arsenal Should Be Too Strong for Brendan Rodgers’ Side
Control is what Arteta, after Palace’s defeat in the second period against them, will be searching for. Leicester have a good team that is able to hold possession and have more comfortable players than the Gunners, such as Maddison-Hall (Tielemans), Dewsbury Hall (Dewsbury-Hall) and Maddison-Hall (Maddison). Martin Odegaard could drop deeper to allow Arsenal control of the midfield.
With Jamie Vardy at the top of the team, Leicester is always a danger on counter-attack. But the striker is 35 years old now and not as quick as he once was. Rodgers’ current system relies heavily on the wings-backs for width. Arsenal will try to stop Leicester from moving forward quickly by pining Castagne and James Justin.
In the end, however, it is likely that the Gunners will prove to be too strong for visitors to Emirates. However, we don’t expect a high scoring game. Arsenal might even need to wait until halftime before they make the break. You should aim for at least 3.5 goals and a win at home.
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How to Watch Arsenal vs Leicester City
Teams Arsenal vs Leicester City Location Emirates Stadium, London, England Time Saturday, 13 August 2022, 10. 00 AM EST How to watch Peacock Premium