Arsenal vs Leicester City: Confirmed line-ups for Premier League curtain raiser

Taylor Byrd
August 13, 2017

All these clubs are expected to be among the top contenders for the title this season. We haven't been able to beat them yet but there's always a first time and it would be nice to think it would be Friday night.

Arsenal kick off the new 2017/18 Premier League campaign when we host Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium this evening.

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side finished fifth in the Premier League last season, having won 14 and drawn three of their 19 games on home soil.

Undermining Wenger's quest for harmony is the uncertainty surrounding several first-team players.

"Lacazette is simple - in every game he's stronger since he joined us", said Wenger, who had seen his side lose at home in three of their previous four opening league fixtures.

Last season was by far the most hard of Wenger's 21-year tenure as manager, with Arsenal's on-pitch travails exposing him to furious protests from sections of the club's support.

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare is confident of retaining all the players he wants to keep in his squad but is wary of approaches from rivals as the transfer window enters its final weeks.

However, the slow, nervy starters that Arsenal are, they could easily wilt under the pressure of a raucuous crowd at The Emirates Stadium too, as they have done in a few of their previous season openers.

However, the new signings have dried up and Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are yet to sign new deals so there are still plenty of question marks to an answered heading in to the new season.

Leicester City: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs; Albrighton, James, Ndidi, Gray; Vardy, Okazaki. Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel, Jesus, Alvaro Morata, Alexander Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez and claim to this prestigious status.

For Leicester, Kelechi Iheanacho must wait for his league debut.

"The last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full backs".

"Our players got a decent number of minutes of competition, the preparation of the squad looks good, then it's to transform the quality of the preparation into points".

"You've got the season ahead to look forward to and everyone's raring to go", said captain Wes Morgan.

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