Arsenal vs Leicester City Match preview: Team news and Match prediction

Just 83 days since the last Premier League season ended, the English top flight back to start it all over again… and kicking-off on a Friday for the first ever time.

Arsenal host Leicester City and both will be boasting summer arrivals and, potentially, forwards with one eye on the exit door.

Alexis Sanchez has been told he is staying this summer while Riyad Mahrez will be allowed to leave for the right price, and both could play from the off this weekend.

Elsewhere, £52million Alexandre Lacazette will lead the line in the Premier League for the first time, trying to get the better of new Foxes signing Harry Maguire.

Both teams will be keen to start the season with a win, having suffered opening-day losses 12 months ago. The Gunners haven’t lost to Leicester in the league since 1994.

Start time

Arsenal host Leicester City with kick-off scheduled for 7.45pm on Friday, August 11.

TV and live online coverage

The match will be televised live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event, with coverage starting from 7pm. Alternatively, you can follow all the build-up and action from 6.45pm with Standard Sport’s London Football live blog.

Team news

Amid months of contract speculation, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez could both miss the Premier League opener.

Ozil is a major doubt with an ankle injury while Alexis Sanchez has not played during pre-season due to Confederations Cup commitments.

Aaron Ramsey’s calf will keep him out of the Friday game, but Per Mertesacker will be fine after suffering a nasty cut in the Community Shield.

Francis Coquelin told Standard Sport hopes to be fit but remains unlikely to feature. Santi Cazorla, Gabriel Paulista and Jack Wilshere remain sidelined.

Wantaway winger Riyad Mahrez is yet to find a new club so is in line to feature for Leicester City, though Craig Shakespeare must decide if the player would perform.

Robert Huth and Danny Drinkwater are missing for the Foxes, while Islam Slimani is still recovering for a nasty gashed leg suffered in July.

New signings Harry Maguire and Vicente Iborra will likely start, but Kelechi Iheanacho is lacking in match fitness.

Matty James could make his first start since May 2015 after recovering from anterior cruciate ligament injury and impressing during pre-season.


Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Holding, Mustafi, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Elneny, Kolasinac; Sanchez, Iwobi, Lacazette

Leicester City starting XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs; Mahrez, James, Iborra, Ndidi, Albrighton; Vardy


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