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Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Leicester

3:09 PM IST 09/05/18
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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday evening

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's time at the club has almost drawn to a close and he'll hope to record the Gunners' first away win of 2018 when they visit Leicester on Wednesday.

Wenger's side gave their departing manager a gift on Sunday with the 5-0 rout over Burnley in the Frenchman's final home game as Arsenal manager.

Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy have both previously been linked with moves to Emirates Stadium and both players will  be keen to inflict further away day misery on the north Londoners. However, Arsenal are unbeaten in 22 games against Leicester - the longest unbeaten run in their top flight history.


Arsenal injuries


Laurent Koscielny is expected to miss the World Cup with a suspected ruptured Achilles sustained in the first half of Arsenal's Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny is out with ankle ligament damage and is unlikely to be involved while a back problem has ruled out Mesut Ozil for the rest of the season.



Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury, although he is running again and will hope to be involved in pre-season if his contract gets renewed.


Arsenal suspensions


Arsenal have no suspended players for this game.


Arsenal potential starting line-up


Wenger is likely to field Sead Kolasinac at left-back while Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Calum Chambers or Rob Holding are able to fill in at centre back.

Konstantinos Mavropanos could feature again after an two impressive consecutive league starts against Manchester United and Burnley.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are both expected to start after getting in on the goals during Arsenal's 5-0 rout of Burnley at the weekend.


Leicester team news


Leicester last recorded a victory in the Premier League against Brighton at the end of March but will be hopeful of causing further misery to Arsenal, who have the worst away record in English football this year.

Wilfred Ndidi, Ben Chilwell, Robert Huth, Matty James, Daniel Amartey are all sidelined for Leicester while Marc Albrighton misses out through suspension.

Aleksandr Dragovic, Shinji Okazaki, Kasper Schmeichel and Danny Simpson are also doubtful.

Vardy is the club's top scorer with 20 goals to his name so far this season.


Best Opta match facts


  • Leicester won their first Premier League meeting with Arsenal in November 1994, winning 2-1 at Filbert Street - they've failed to win any of the 22 meetings since (D7 L15).

  • Arsenal's 22-game unbeaten league run against the Foxes is their longest run against any opponent in their top flight history.

  • This will be Arsene Wenger's 23rd meeting with Leicester in all competitions - he has never lost against them (P22 W14 D8 L0) and managed more matches against the Foxes without losing than any other club as Arsenal manager.

  • Arsenal are the only side without an away point in English league football in 2018, having lost all six of their games on the road. They last lost seven in a row back in January 1966.

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had a hand in 12 goals in 11 Premier League appearances for Arsenal (8 goals, 4 assists).

  • Jamie Vardy has scored five goals in his last five Premier League games against Arsenal, scoring a brace in the reverse fixture.


TV channel & kick-off time


The match kicks off at 19:45 BST on Wednesday with no live television coverage available in the UK.