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Leicester City host Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday 26 September as the Gunners look to bounce back from their controversial 2-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Emirates stadium outfit will take some confidence from their 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the third round of the Capital One Cup and will hope to get back to winning ways in the league.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 3pm BST. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC MOTD from 10.30pm BST on BBC One.


Leicester City have taken the league by storm this season and are the only undefeated team thus far in the competition. They have shown that they can hold their own against the big teams, with delightful performances coming in against Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.

Manager Claudio Ranieri has taken them to the fourth spot on the table, above the Gunners who are fifth and are looking good to dole out an upset this weekend. The Foxes have developed a penchant for making a late comeback, drawing 2-2 against Stoke City after going 2-0 down and in the previous game contrived to win the game 3-2 against Aston Villa after trailing with a similar scoreline. They come into the game on the back of a 2-1 win over West Ham United in the Capital One Cup, which has seen them qualify to the fourth round.

Arsenal will be relieved to have finally broken their losing streak against Tottenham, starting with a sordid performance against Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League where they lost 2-1. Their next game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was mired with controversy as they succumbed to a 2-0 loss at the hands of Jose Mourinho's men after having had Gabriel sent off for retaliation.

Claudio Ranieri Leicester City
Manager Claudio Ranieri has taken Leicester City to fourth spot on the table, above the Gunners who are fifth Getty Images

What managers say

Claudio Ranieri: "When I was at Chelsea, they were the Invincibles. That was an unbelievable achievement, so it is surprising they have not won the league since. In my time at Chelsea I only managed to beat them once in 14 attempts. It is a bad record, but every match was a good game, always very open. I don't know why Arsenal have had to wait so long, because Arsène Wenger is a good manager and he brings in good players, but maybe it is not so easy to replace players such as Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Fredrik Ljungberg and all the defenders."

Arsene Wenger: [On Alexis Sanchez]"I think I played him very early before he was completely fit, physically, that is one explanation. The second is that every player who has won a big trophy with the national team takes some while to settle and come back to his best. These are the two main explanations for me. Physically he is not completely ready, coming out of a big achievement and that takes time. I don't worry for Alexis Sanchez. Even when he doesn't score he is still a major threat for everybody and I am confident he will score very soon."

Betting odds

  • Leicester City Win: 13/4
  • Draw: 37/13
  • Arsenal Win: 5/6

Team news

Leicester City

Possible XI: Schmeichel, Laet, Morgan, Huth, Schlupp, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Kante, Mahrez, Okazaki, Vardy


Possible XI: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez, Ozil, Walcott