Arsenal travel to Champions Leicester City as the Gunners look for their first win of the Premier League season following a disastrous result at home to Liverpool.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 5.30pm BST. Live coverage of the game will be on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 1 HD. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC Match of the Day on BBC One from 10.30pm BST.


Leicester City have all to prove that their Premier League win last season was not a one-off victory and that they are well equipped to put in a good title defence. The Foxes won the league with 10 points to spare last season but their opening day loss to Hull City has led to question marks over their ability to keep themselves in touch with the leaders.

The loss of N'Golo Kante to Chelsea will be a massive blow to their title chances but keeping Jamie Vardy, who rejected a move to Arsenal earlier in the summer, and Riyad Mahrez, should give them enough ammunition to keep themselves on the lookout for at least another top four spot. However, they will be up against it this Saturday, with the Foxes having failed to be on the winning side in either of the two occasions against the north London club last season and conceding seven goals in the process.

Meanwhile, Arsenal come into the game on the back of a damaging 4-3 loss to Liverpool last Sunday, with the Gunners' make-shift defence paying the price for inexperience. Rob Holding and Calum Chambers were pushed into the deep end in the absence of Per Merteacker, Gabriel and Laurent Koscielny and the north London conceded three goals in the opening 20 minutes of the second half.

Arsene Wenger
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However, they staged a comeback of sorts with goals by Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and Chambers, but it was too little too late as they suffered their second opening day defeat at home in consecutive seasons. Should they fail to win against Leicester, it will be very difficult for Arsene Wenger to placate fans, who are already on his back following a lack of transfer activity this summer.

What managers say

Claudio Ranieri: "We are champions, but we are underdogs with a lot of big teams, because now we are building a team. [Manchester] City -- how long? [Manchester] United -- how long? Since [Sir Alex] Ferguson was manager. Tottenham, Liverpool -- everybody. We are underdogs, it's normal. Now the story is finished. Now there is a new story. We lost the first match [2-1 against Hull] and now we have to fight to get something good. When I go on the pitch, always I'm positive.''

Arsene Wenger: "We did not dominate the game [against Liverpool] as much as we would have liked in midfield, and he [Sanchez] suffered a little bit from that as well. Sanchez has good timing to run behind the defenders. His run through in the first half, when [Nacho] Monreal gave him the ball and he was a fraction offside. With him it is difficult to be careful. Last year sometimes I overplayed him a little bit. Alexis is always looking to stay on the pitch. Maybe I will have to rest him a bit more. When he came back he was not completely ready to be 100 per cent. This week he was already sharper in training."

Betting Odds (betfair)

  • Leicester City Win: 12/5
  • Draw: 9/5
  • Arsenal Win: 7/5

Team News

Leicester City

Possible XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Hernandez, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Mendy, Drinkwater, Gray; Musa, Vardy


Possible XI: Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Chambers, Monreal; Xhaka, Elneny, Walcott, Cazorla, Sanchez; Giroud