Arsenal v Leicester City team news & stats

Date published: Friday 12th February 2016 2:29

Gabriel: Hoping to keep his place against Leicester

Arsenal are protecting an 18-match unbeaten record against Leicester when they welcome the Foxes to the Emirates for their huge Premier League showdown on Sunday (12pm).

Team news

Arsenal have no new injury worries ahead of the visit of Premier League leaders Leicester on Sunday.

Danny Welbeck is close to a return having missed all season with a knee injury but manager Arsene Wenger still expects Jack Wilshere (leg) and Santi Cazorla (knee) to be out for another three to four weeks.

Tomas Rosicky (thigh) is also absent while Wenger will have to decide whether to recall Per Mertesacker or keep Gabriel and Laurent Koscielny as his centre-back partnership for the fourth game in succession.

Daniel Amartey must wait for his Foxes debut and will not feature against Arsenal.

The 21-year-old joined from FC Copenhagen in January but is yet to make his bow for the Premier League leaders but boss Claudio Ranieri expects to have him up to speed to face Norwich next week.

Jeff Schlupp remains sidelined with a hamstring injury which has kept the winger out since the start of December while Matty James is close to a recovery from a long-term knee injury but the Foxes are expected to be unchanged following their 3-1 win at Manchester City last week.

Kick-off at Emirates Stadium on Sunday is at 12noon.

Opta stats

  • Arsenal have won 12 and lost none of the last 18 Premier League matches against Leicester City.
  • Arsenal have won their last eight home Premier League meetings with the Foxes.
  • However, on the last 11 occasions that Arsenal have faced a team that was top of the Premier League, they have won just once (D4 L6) and scored only four goals (conceding 18).
  • Alexis Sanchez has scored four goals in his three Premier League games against Leicester.
  • Theo Walcott has scored in both of his Premier League appearances against Leicester.
  • Three of the four players to have had a hand in 20+ goals in the Premier League this season will play in this match – Riyad Mahrez (24), Jamie Vardy (21) and Mesut Ozil (20).
  • Only Barcelona (10) have won more penalties in the top five European Leagues this season than Leicester City (9).
  • Only WBA (21.7%) have played a higher proportion of their passes long than Leicester City (20.9%) in the Premier League this season, while Arsenal have played the lowest proportion long (9.3%).
  • The Gunners have scored a league-low 32.1% of their clear-cut chances in the Premier League in 2015-16.
  • Leicester City have named an unchanged starting XI in their last five Premier League games – the last team to name the same starting XI in six successive PL matches was Arsenal in May 2015.


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