Arsenal are back in north London for their first home match of the new Premier League season as Mikel Arteta’s side look to make it successive wins to begin 2022-23. The Gunners comfortably overcame Crystal Palace on opening night last week, with Gabriel Martinelli’s first-half header and a late own goal sealing a first three points in a London derby at Selhurst Park.
Next on the schedule is a Leicester side that are being heavily distracted by persistent transfer speculation over exits for several key players such as Arsenal target Youri Tielemans, Wesley Fofana and James Maddison, all of whom start here. The troubled Foxes have signed only free agent Alex Smithies so far this summer and blew a two-goal lead in their own top-flight opener against Brentford.
Both sides are unchanged today, with Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu fit enough for the Arsenal bench. The omens aren’t good for Brendan Rodgers’ visitors, who have only won one of their last 25 away league matches against today’s opponents. Follow Arsenal vs Leicester live with Standard Sport’s blog below, featuring expert analysis from Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium!
Arsenal vs Leicester latest news
GOAL! Martinelli gets in on the act!
GOAL! Maddison pulls one back
GOAL! Xhaka hits back straight away
GOAL! Saliba heads past Ramsdale for an own goal!
GOAL! Jesus doubles up before half-time!
GOAL! Jesus opens his account with a stunner!
Arsenal FC 4 - 2 Leicester City FC
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Here are Simon Collings’ player ratings.
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96min: An almost perfect day for Arsenal.
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94min: Arsenal just seeing this out. Martinelli running around like it’s the first minute.
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91min: Five minutes added on.
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89min: Only just realised that Gabriel has gone full skin head. Not a single hair on his head.
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85min: Jesus is off. What a shift.
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81min: JESUS MISSES! The goal was gaping and his hat-trick chance goes begging. Just under 10 minutes to play.
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79min: Tierney is on for Zinchenko.
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77min: For the second time, the Gunners hit back straight away as Martinelli tucks home.
This team have some fight, don't they.
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74min: Maddison must be reading the live blog as he's only gone and pulled one back!
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71min: Almost an instant impact from Iheanacho, who twists and turns and looks to have the beating of Ramsdale inside the area but White clears the danger.
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70min: Vardy is off, with Iheanacho on for the final 20 minutes.
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69min: Maddison is rolling around on the floor after a foul, which is the most movement he's done all day.
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67min: Zinchenko screams for a penalty after his cross hits Evans' arm, but the defender is fully five yards outside the area.
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63min: Tielemans is off, and gets a round of applause from the Arsenal fans.
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61min: I tell you what, I haven’t seen too much from Saka today as Jesus and Martinelli have been buzzing about.
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58min: That's a big call as Amartey looks to have tripped Jesus, but the referee isn't having it.
Probably the right call.
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55min: Advantage restored almost immediately and it’s that man Xhaka!
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53min: Out of nothing Saliba puts into his own net! He just heads the ball post Ramsdale for a comical own goal.
Maybe he was a little too confident there.
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50min: He almost wins another, after again linking up well with Zinchenko, but Leicester just about shephard the ball away from danger.
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48min: Xhaka has been the definition of ‘marauding’ today. He wins a corner with another lung-busting run.
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46min: No changes.
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We're back under way at the Emirates.
A hatty for Jesus?
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It’s been the Jesus show so far. He’s got two goals and is unlucky not to have four.
A long way back for Leicester, who need more from Maddison.
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49min: That’s your lot for a frantic first half.
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45min: Vardy isn’t complaining too much, to be fair, but there is a warning for the Gunners.
FOUR minutes added on.
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43min: VAR is having a look... and Mike Dean is going to the monitor.
Ramsdale may have got away with one there.
PENALTY TO LEICESTER
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42min: PENALTY TO LEICESTER!
Seconds after Jesus is denied yet again, up the other end Ramsdale brings down Vardy.
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38min: Almost a first-half hat-trick for Jesus but Amartey gets in a crucial late challenge.
The Emirates is jumping.
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35min: Jesus has another!
Leicester outdone at a set-piece yet again as Jesus heads home at the back post.
Simon Collings checks in from the Emirates
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Arsenal’s front three are just so relentless when they don’t have the ball. They are pressing non-stop and Leicester’s defence are struggling to play out.
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31min: A painful one for Jesus as Evans goes in hard to clear the ball with his head. No foul, but that was borderline.
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28min: Arsenal already appear calmer, as do the home support.
They have Leicester where they want them now, but the Foxes are still a threat.
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Time for a drinks break, and to drink this in.
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23min: He’s opened his account and it’s a stunner!
A smart turn inside the area after linking up with Xhaka and Martinelli, before he somehow floats it over Ward inside the area.
That is stunning.
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20min: Fantastic from Arsenal.
Saliba steps up to intercept a pass to Maddison, works it out wide before the ball is played to Odegaard to whip in a cross towards Xhaka at the back post - he should score but hits the post!
Zinchenko skies the rebound.
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18min: Martinelli is everywhere, pulling the Leicester defence this way and that. He’s bang up for this.
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15min: Fofana is booked after a tussle with Martinelli. The forward line lick their lips in unison. A clear foul as Martinelli was away.
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12min: Up the other end, Maddison’s lofted cross towards Justin is flicked out of its path by a flying Ramsdale. A good, strong hand.
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10min: Clever play by Jesus as he wins a free kick off Fofana near the corner flag. Martinelli whips towards the near post, but Jesus’ header is wide.
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7min: Almost a fantastic through ball from Xhaka looking for Jesus, as the Leicester defence looks to be carved open, but it’s got a little bit too much mustard on it.
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3min: A frantic start here with both teams enjoying success in the opposing final third, without eeking out a clear-cut chance.
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We’re under way at the Emirates!
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The teams have emerged into the baking afternoon sunshine in north London!
Kick-off at the Emirates is imminent. Stay tuned!
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Final preparations at the Emirates!
Competitive home Arsenal debuts for Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and William Saliba this afternoon.
Could Tielemans still be sold?
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Could Tielemans still be sold this summer as Arsenal weigh up their options before the September 1 transfer deadline?
If not, then Leicester risk losing him for nothing when his current contract expires next year.
“It’s not ideal but it’s happened before, players have left here for free before,” Rodgers added, per the Leicester Mercury. “He wouldn’t be the first one, but at this moment in time it’s about keeping an eye on the team and the squad, making sure they are ready.
“The club will be negotiating and talking with the players’ representatives across the squad. Thus far there’s no change in Youri’s situation, there’s no offers so he’s just continuing to work well and get himself right at this early part of the season.
“(Deadlines for bids) will be up to the ownership, the end decision will be down to them. Of course the later it goes… even now, it would be late in terms of looking to get in replacements. At this moment in time we’re looking at them being here, working with them, and that’s the only focus.”
Rodgers: Tielemans out to prove a point
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With all eyes inevitably on Youri Tielemans this afternoon, here’s what Brendan Rodgers had to say about the long-term Gunners target in his pre-match press conference on Friday.
“He’s a top professional,” Rodgers said. “It’s a top game for us so he’ll want to be involved in it. I think with the best players they always want to prove a point anyway and it doesn’t matter whether it’s against a team they’ve been linked with or not.
“Youri is a top international footballer so every game he plays, in actual fact every training session Youri plays, he is trying to be the best player he can be.
“This weekend is no different. There is lots of speculation around him but he looks to prove a point every single game he plays.”
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Leicester unchanged as Tielemans, Fofana and Maddison all start
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Leicester are also unchanged from their last-gasp 2-2 draw with Brentford.
It’s exactly the same squad from Brendan Rodgers, with no alterations on the bench either.
As expected, Arsenal target Youri Tielemans starts again along with fellow coveted Foxes stars Wesley Fofana and James Maddison.
Arsenal unchanged with Smith Rowe and Tomiyasu on bench
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Arsenal name the same XI that started in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on opening night.
Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu are fit enough for the bench and replace Reiss Nelson and Cedric Soares, with Kieran Tierney a substitute again.
However, there is still no place in the matchday squad for Fabio Vieira, despite the £34m summer signing also returning to training at London Colney this week.
His wait for a competitive Gunners debut goes on.
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Starting XI: Ward, Fofana, Evans, Amartey, Castagne, Tielemans, Ndidi, Dewsbury-Hall, Justin, Maddison, Vardy
Subs: Soyuncu, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Perez, Daka, Mendy, Praet, Iversen, Thomas
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Starting XI: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Gabriel Jesus, Martinelli
Subs: Tierney, Smith Rowe, Nketiah, Holding, Tomiyasu, Pepe, Sambi Lokonga, Elneny, Turner
Lneups on the way
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Less than 10 minutes now until we get official team news from the Emirates!
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Arteta also believes that Aubameyang would be deserving of a good reception if he were to return to the Emirates with Chelsea this season.
“I hope he does because I think he deserves that,” he said.
“There are moments in life, there are moments in your career, and sometimes the trajectory or the objective of each individual is different to the club’s - and you have to respect that.”
Arteta quizzed on Aubameyang exit
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Arteta was also quizzed yesterday on the latest episodes of Amazon Prime Video’s fly-on-the-wall ‘All or Nothing: Arsenal’ documentary series, which go into detail on the circumstances of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being stripped of the Arsenal captaincy last year and eventually leaving the club in January.
It was even revealed that Arteta kept a file of the Gabon striker’s misdemeanours as their relationship hit a real low point.
Barcelona’s Aubameyang is now being linked with a shock return to the Premier League at Chelsea, whose manager Thomas Tuchel spoke yesterday of the warm bond they shared and insisted there was no such bad behaviour at Borussia Dortmund.
Asked if Chelsea had requested to see his file, Arteta said yesterday: “Auba is an exceptional player.
“He did so much for us. He was our captain and I think we have to be grateful, very grateful as well, for what he did for this club.”
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Standard Sport’s Simon Collings has arrived at a stifling Emirates...
At the Emirates for first time this season. Weather definitely filed under: Dani Ceballos balling conditions. pic.twitter.com/3JlADEZkQ1
— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) August 13, 2022
Arteta backs Saliba to handle pressure after stellar debut
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An undoubted highlight of Arsenal’s impressive pre-season campaign and opening win over Crystal Palace has been the assured performances of William Saliba.
The French defender is eager to make up for lost time after loan spells away from north London, finally making his competitive Gunners debut at Selhurst Park some three years after first signing for the club in a £30m deal.
And what a debut it was, with Saliba dominating at the back to earn man-of-the-match honours.
Expectations are already rising for the 21-year-old, though Mikel Arteta does not believe that will be a problem.
“I think he has his feet on the ground, that is not going to be an issue,” the Spaniard told reporters at his pre-match press conference yesterday.
“Obviously we have talked about the expectation that he already created before joining the club, when he was on loan.
“He is very aware that everything that was happening around him and we have tried to manage that internally in a really quiet way and I think it is better to stay like this for him because he is 21 years of age and he has played one Premier League match.”
On the Arsenal players’ reaction to Saliba, Arteta added: “The first impression was really positive.
“His body language, his presence and the confidence he was acting with was very mature.
“The players really like him because he has come really determined, a focused and humble boy who wants to take the club forward.
“He is so willing to be talked through anything you want to talk about, be coached and his aim is to get better and get the team better and that is about it.”
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Plenty of water going on that Emirates surface with less than two hours to go now until kick-off in N7.
Mikel Arteta will want the pitch as slick as possible despite the searing heat as his attacking players look to thrive once more this afternoon.
Now or never in Arsenal’s pursuit of Tielemans
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There was a time this summer when it looked like Youri Tielemans would be playing for Arsenal and not Leicester today, writes Simon Collings.
The Gunners have been tracking Tielemans since January, holding preliminary talks with his agent then and sparking a belief that a summer move would follow.
The midfielder is into the final 12 months of his contract and, with Leicester aware he currently has no plans to sign an extension, they are reluctantly open to letting him go for a fee in the region of £25m.
So far, however, Arsenal are yet to make a formal offer for the Belgium international and today they will get the chance to see first-hand what they are missing out on.
The 25-year-old has not downed tools and instead remained professional, starting and playing the whole 90 minutes of Leicester’s Premier League opener against Brentford last weekend.
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Fans are already gathering outside on what will be a boiling day at the Emirates this afternoon.
It’s expected to hit around 33 degrees in London today, with mandatory drinks breaks reintroduced across English football this weekend with another energy-sapping heatwave in full swing.
Arsenal vs Leicester prediction
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Arsenal are brimming with confidence while Leicester have started a season with the mood darker than it has been for some time.
The Gunners are primed to take advantage, especially against a team who won just once away from home in the league last season. An early goal and this could be done quickly.
Arsenal to win, 2-0.
Leicester team news
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Leicester continue to start their top players being linked with high-profile moves away from the club, so Youri Tielemans, Wesley Fofana and James Maddison should all retain their places in Brendan Rodgers’ first XI today.
However, the Foxes remain without long-term absentee Ricardo Pereira, who underwent surgery on a ruptured Achilles earlier this month and is expected to be missing until the New Year.
Harvey Barnes is also sidelined after aggravating a knee issue in pre-season, while Ryan Bertrand has not played any part for Leicester this summer after another knee operation.
Arsenal team news
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Arsenal could be boosted by three influential returnees this afternoon.
Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu are both now back in training after injury-plagued pre-seasons.
Ditto new signing Fabio Vieira, who is awaiting his competitive debut for the Gunners after a £34m summer move from Porto.
First home starts await for Gabriel Jesus, William Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko, though Reiss Nelson will drop out of the matchday squad due to a thigh problem.
How to watch Arsenal vs Leicester
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TV channel and live stream: Due to ongoing 3pm blackout restrictions in English football, today’s match will not be televised live in the UK. However, you can watch highlights on Match of the Day on BBC One from 10:20pm.
Welcome to Arsenal vs Leicester LIVE coverage!
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Good afternoon and a very warm (sweltering, in fact) welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE coverage of the budding 2022-23 Premier League season!
Our focus this afternoon is on events in sunny north London, where Arsenal contest their first home match of the campaign and look to follow up their opening night victory over Crystal Palace with another three points.
Opponents Leicester blew a 2-0 lead against Brentford in their opener and have still yet to spend any money on new players so far this summer, with several key stars including Wesley Fofana and James Maddison being continually linked with high-profile exits.
To that end, there are sure to be a lot of eyes focused upon long-time Arsenal target Youri Tielemans today!
Kick-off is at 3pm BST, so stay tuned for match build-up, team news and live updates, including expert analysis from Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium.