Arsene Wenger will be hoping for more of the same performance against Burnley at the weekend as Arsenal takes on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium for the penultimate game of his Arsenal’s coaching career.
Arsene Wenger will be stepping down at the end of the season after nearly 22 years in charge at Arsenal, Wenger was given a befitting send forth at the Emirates by a commanding 5-0 victory over Burnley at the weekend.
Wednesday’s match will be the final home game for Leicester, and the Foxes will be hoping to end a poor run of form. Leicester have gone five matches without a win, and Claude Puel’s job is under serious threat. A big part of Leicester City’s problem this season has been injuries and the fans have openly shown their discontentment.
Arsenal has the unenviable record of being the only team in the entire English Football League yet to pick up an away point in 2018, the game against Leicester City seems to be Arsenal’s best chance of changing this situation and the Gabonese international striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be key to their hopes of getting the goals needed to achieve success.
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The Gabon international scored twice against Burnley on Sunday to take his tally since joining the club in January to eight from 10 Premier League starts. Arsenal has little to play for after securing the sixth place with victory over Burnley. However, they will want to end their unwanted away record, and Wednesday represents a great opportunity.
Claude Puel has said patience is needed, and that he is looking forward to working with the team in the future, Leicester City will surely not want to sack another manager so soon after showing Craig Shakespeare and Claudio Ranieri the exit door in 2017, but the Foxes need to impress in their final two games for Claude Puel to preserve his job.
The Leicester City squad has battled with lots of injury problems all through the season and will be without Robert Huth, Wilfred Ndidi, Daniel Amartey, Ben Chilwell and Matty James.
However, Kasper Schmeichel, Shinji Okazaki, Fousseni Diabate, Danny Simpson, Aleksandar Dragovic and Vicente Iborra could all be fit enough to feature in Wednesday’s game.
The Foxes will also be hoping to have Marc Albrighton back from suspension. The winger was sent off against Crystal Palace but could be given an extra match ban for his reaction. Puel has said the club are still waiting for a decision.
Arsenal has injury problems of their own and will be without captain Laurent Koscielny who suffered a torn Achilles in the UEFA Europa League defeat to Atletico Madrid.
Mesut Ozil is also expected to miss the rest of the season with a back injury, midfielder Mohamed Elneny is also still sidelined with ankle ligament damage.
Arsenal has received some good news in the shape of long-term injury victim Santi Cazorla having returned to first-team training for the first time since October 2016. The midfielder has said he is hoping to play some part for Arsenal before the end of the season.
Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Chambers, Monreal; Xhaka, Ramsey, Wilshere; Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang
This is very tight to call, simply because both teams are in terrible form going by their recent performances. The Gunners have lost all their six away matches this year, while Leicester has failed to win in their last five home games. However, Arsenal has shown some signs of improvement judging by the narrow defeat against Manchester United. There is very little to choose between these two teams at the moment, we predict a 1-1 draw as the most likely outcome of the game.