Arsenal v Leicester City preview
PUBLISHED: 00:02 22 October 2018 | UPDATED: 00:02 22 October 2018
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Arsenal host Leicester City at the Emirates on Monday evening. Read on for Layth Yousif’s match preview.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is available for Unai Emery’s side after he was part of the Gabon side that beat South Sudan 3-0 at home in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Friday.
Early team news indicates that Mesut Ozil having returned to full training following his back spasm. Ainsley Maitland-Niles will be available for selection after a small fracture to left fibula in August.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech who suffered a hamstring injury to his left leg against Watford late last month will be assessed ahead of Monday along with Danny Welbeck who withdrew from the England squad with a minor hamstring issue.
However, defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is doubtful after he picked up an ankle injury playing for Greece.
Leicester captain Wes Morgan misses the match as he serves a one-match ban for his red card in the defeat by Everton.
Arsenal boss Emery doesn’t think the international break will disrupt his side ahead of hosting Leicester City on Monday evening.
The in-form Gunners go into the match having moved into the top four for the first time this season following their comprehensive 5-1 rout of Fulham last time out.
With nine wins on the bounce Emery’s side will be looking to extend their unbeaten run against Leicester who have lost three of their last five league games.
However, Puel’s visitors will be a tough proposition with memories of Arsenal’s insipid 3-1 defeat at King Power Stadium in the dying days of Arsene Wenger’s reign back in May in his penultimate match in charge.
Arsenal kicked-off last season’s campaign with a memorable 4-3 Friday night victory in what was arguably the most entertaining match of the year, yet Emery is only thinking of winning the match.
In response to a question asked by the Gazette about the break halting momentum Emery replied: “Every international break is important also for the national team, for the players who want to join up with their team and defend their team, and for us to continue working with more calm.
“My mentality, my focus is Leicester. For us it’s time to continue working every day with more calm.
“I don’t like to look back. Every match is different, every match is difficult. We are moving up the table little by little, giving us a better position for our objectives.
“We are focused on the next match against Leicester. I want the supporters to feel one special day each match in our stadium, to show we are improving with our quality, with our unity, our winning mentality and above all with commitment and hard work.”
The Premier League match against Claude Puel’s 10th placed Foxes will be live on Sky Sports.
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