Arsenal vs Leicester City - as it happened: Robert Huth own goal hands Gunners late victory

Tim Williams, Joe Miles
The Independent
A general view of the Emirates with the two sides in action: Getty
A general view of the Emirates with the two sides in action: Getty

After emerging victorious in an attritional FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City on Sunday, Arsenal return to league action desperate to reduce the gap between themselves and the final Champions League spot. They currently sit in seventh, seven points adrift of Manchester City in fourth, but with a game in hand. Arsène Wenger still maintains Arsenal can finish in the top four, but only if they win all their remaining games.

Leicester’s European adventure concluded last week following a 2-1 aggregate loss to Atletico Madrid, and despite an upturn in form under Craig Shakespeare they remain only four points adrift of the last relegation place. However, the Foxes have two games in hand over their relegation rivals.

The Champions could jump as high as tenth with a victory tonight depending on other results, and will hope that Arsenal’s gruelling extra-time victory on Sunday will have an impact on the FA Cup finalists, given the short turnaround. However, they will be without both Wes Morgan and Islam Slimani through injury.

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What time does it start?

Arsenal vs Leicester kicks off at 19:45.

Where can I watch it?

The match will not be shown live. Highlights will be shown at 23:00 on Sky Sports 1.

It’s a big game for…

Rob Holding: A beneficiary of Wenger’s surprise switch to three central defenders, Holding produced a real coming-of-age performance at Wembley on Sunday. The 21-year-old defender has found it difficult to break into the starting XI after his summer move from Bolton, but could cement his position in the team with a string of assured performances.

Best stat…

Leicester haven’t beaten Arsenal in 20 Premier League games. Their only win came in the first ever Premier League encounter between the two in November 1994.

Remember when…

Arsenal were firmly in the hunt for their first Premier League title since 2003/04 after Danny Welbeck’s last-gasp header condemned surprise leaders Leicester to a 2-1 defeat in February 2016. After a long lay-off due to injury, Welbeck scored the winner after the allotted four minutes injury time was up.

Player to watch…

Jamie Vardy: After resisting a summer move to opponents Arsenal, Vardy failed to live up to his form last season. However, he has returned to form this calendar year under the stewardship of Shakespeare and has scored eight in his last 12 games in all competitions. He also scored three goals against Arsenal in the Premier League last season.

Past three-meetings…

Leicester 0 Arsenal 0, Premier League August 2016

Arsenal 2 Leicester 1, Premier League February 2016

Leicester 2 Arsenal 5, September 2015

Form guide…

Arsenal: LDWLWW

Leicester: WWLLDD


Arsenal to win: 5/9

Leicester to win: 9/2

Draw: 7/2

(Odds provided by 888 Sport)

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