It’s the battle of the big losers at the King Power Stadium. Okay, that’s an odd way to describe the champions and runners-up from last season’s title race. We’re talking about the opening day. Gooners booed Arsene Wenger and Arsenal at the end of their defeat to Liverpool while Leicester were being written off as one-season wonders after losing at newly-promoted Hull.
Arsenal got the best of Leicester twice last season. They won big there but that was before Claudio Ranieri made their stadium a fortress. The Foxes are undefeated in their last 16 matches at home. However, he can’t rely on that record alone. He has to give Nampalys Mendy a chance in midfield at the expense of Andy King and sort a panicky defence.
If Jamie Vardy can finish the chances that Ahmed Musa creates this weekend then Leicester have every chance of claiming victory for this Premier League match. Wenger might opt to start Granit Xhaka from the off in the hope that the Switzerland international can fire his troops up for a raging war.