Arsenal vs Leicester City
Arsenal will want to start the 2022-23 Premier League season with back-to-back victories when Leicester City visits the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
The Gunners started the new season with a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace, while the Foxes blew a two-goal lead against Brentford to draw 2-2.
Last year, Arsenal’s away start in a London derby indicated problems, but Mikel Arteta’s team avoided a repeat with a professional display last Friday.
Gabriel Martinelli’s header from a well-worked corner routine and Marc Guehi’s own goal gave Arsenal the victory in 2022.
Zinchenko’s assist, Gabriel Jesus’s energy, and William Saliba’s man-of-the-match performance set early benchmarks for the months ahead as Arsenal looks to start on the front foot.
Arsenal opened the 2021-22 season with three straight home victories over Manchester United, Leeds United, and Everton, but without a single clean sheet. It’s been almost 50 years since the Gunners started a top-flight season with back-to-back wins and clean sheets.
Arteta says his team still hopes to be active in the transfer market before the season shuts, but the nucleus of the present Arsenal crop should feel confident against a Leicester side with little summer activity.
Timothy Castagne and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall scored for the Foxes against Brentford to put them two goals ahead of the Bees on the opening weekend of the Premier League season. With an almost identical first-team squad taking the field on the opening weekend, Leicester fans briefly forgot that their team had not brought in a single new signing.
Ivan Toney made things interesting just after the hour mark, but with only a few minutes left to go to hang on to their razor-thin advantage, Leicester allowed former Arsenal youth player Josh Dasilva to curl in a wonderful equaliser, leaving fans much more agitated than they already were.
Brendan Rodgers has intimated that his side’s lack of incomings is due to people above him rather than his management choices. The next several weeks will likely be spent fending off interest in James Maddison, Wesley Fofana, and Youri Tielemans.
Leicester is undefeated in five Premier League matches, however they only won four away games in 2021-22. Their single clean sheet on the road came against relegated Burnley.
This poor away record includes a 2-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates in March after the Gunners triumphed by the same scoreline at the King Power in October. The Foxes’ 35 away losses against Arsenal are the most they’ve endured against a single top-flight opponent.