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Impressive Arsenal aim to continue winning start against Leicester
Arsenal to win 2-1
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: London, Emirates StadiumBet Now
Even though just one game has been played so far this season, you can already tell that Arsenal mean business. They have been away from the spotlight for some time, but they now look ready to finally challenge again.
The signing of Gabriel Jesus looks inspired, while bringing back William Saliba after loaning him out for two seasons has immediately improved their defence.
Six seasons have come and gone since Arsenal last finished in the top four. Can they get back where their fans feel they belong this season?
After the quietest of summers from Leicester, making zero new signings, they started their first game of the season well.
However, having gone 2-0 up against Brentford, they suffered a collapse and were lucky to come away with a draw at 90 minutes.
It’s pointing towards an Arsenal win here, but Leicester won’t be a walkover.
Reasons to be cheerful:
Gabriel Jesus looks set to be a certain hit at Arsenal
Defence has been bolstered by the return of Saliba
Reasons to be fearful:
Will need to show great consistency to finish in the top four
Rarely start the season well
At the start of last season, Arsenal lost their first three games, conceded nine goals and sat bottom of the Premier League.
It seems to be different this time around. They already have one win under their belts, and have Leicester, Bournemouth, Fulham and Aston Villa to come before the end of August.
While no game in the Premier League is easy, that’s a very winnable set of fixtures and they will expect to be very near the top of the table by the end of the month.
They have a great record over Leicester, too. The Gunners have claimed victory in their last three meetings in the league, scoring seven goals and conceding just one.
Can they put a run of wins together?
Star Man – Gabriel Jesus
The Brazilian looked electric against Palace last week. He is yet to score for Arsenal, but with his ability it won’t take long.
Reasons to be cheerful
Started well against Brentford last weekend
Linked with a number of names in the transfer market
Reasons to be fearful
Only one win in six against Arsenal
Could lose highly rated defender Fofana to Chelsea
Leicester have done the sensible thing over the summer, by choosing to not splash the cash on new signings when they can’t afford to. Many clubs have regretted wasting money over the years.
If they need to take a year to solidify their finances, maybe missing out on European football in the process, that’s a decision they’re willing to take.
It does mean, however, they could be vulnerable in games such as this, against a team as rampant as Arsenal right now.
Leicester’s attack is in need of a refresh, with Vardy unable to cope with the demands of a full season at the age of 35. They are linked with one or two players, who could give them a boost as the weeks go on.
They’ve also sold iconic goalkeeper Schmeichel, who departed for France in the summer.
Star Man – Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
The midfielder is the type of player who many bigger teams than Leicester could do with. He scored last weekend, and links midfield and attack with brilliant, direct running.
Likely to be action at both ends
Arsenal a certainty to score
Leicester could be weakened at the back without Fofana
With the way in which these two teams play, we should see plenty of action around the goals.
Arsenal suddenly look like a team who know what they’re doing, have goals up front and has a solid backbone to their defence.
Leicester will present a trickier challenge compared to Crystal Palace last weekend. Brendan Rodgers is a cunning manager and his teams are always difficult to play against.
It should be an entertaining game.
Arsenal to win 2-1
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