Leicester City are now the only remaining unbeaten side in the Premier League, but that record is sure to be tested by an Arsenal side that will be buoyed by a Capital One Cup triumph over rivals Tottenham in midweek.
Few would have predicted that the Foxes would be the last team standing with no defeats to their name, but they have been relentlessly difficult to shake off so far. Stoke City were the latest side to be frustrated, emerging with just a point after taking what looked a comfortable 2-0 lead into half-time after falling victim to the infectious never-say-die attitude which seems to flow through the team, arguably epitomised most by Jamie Vardy, who scored the equaliser at the Britannia Stadium.
This success has also extended to the League Cup, where another goal in the competition from youngster Joe Dodoo helped them to a deserved extra time victory over West Ham United. The only thing missing now is a clean sheet, and given the attacking outlook Claudio Ranieri is favouring at present, he could be forced to wait a little longer. Leicester can never be written off now, but this is their biggest test yet.
After that disastrous loss to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, Arsenal could have done without the events which marred their game at Chelsea, not to mention the decisions of referee Mike Dean that contributed significantly to their defeat. To complete the farce, Gabriel Paulista has seen his red card rescinded, but the fact remains that Arsene Wenger’s men were still badly caught out for the first goal and were simply not dangerous enough in attack.
So it was a huge relief to go White Hart Lane and Wednesday and win, with Mathieu Flamini the unlikely hero with both goals; the second a truly spectacular effort. Despite the errors that were present in their game, it was a purposeful display and they come into this with renewed confidence, knowing that dropping any more points would be far from ideal. The pace of Theo Walcott is set up to be Arsenal’s biggest weapon, with home centre-backs Robert Huth and Wes Morgan not renowned for their pace.
Matt James is a long-term absentee for Leicester, but their only other injury concern is for Nathan Dyer, who misses out again here.
Arsenal have Santi Cazorla back from his one-match ban, with Gabriel also available following the repercussions of last weekend. Flamini may have earned himself a start, particularly with Francis Coquelin sidelined.
Last Meeting: Alexis Sanchez scored his first Premier League goal, but it was not enough to earn Arsenal victory as they were held to a 1-1 draw in August 2014. The Chilean fired in from close range, pouncing on a loose ball after a cross from the right was not cleared, but it was a lead the Gunners could not maintain until the break as Leonardo Ulloa headed powerfully past Wojciech Szczesny.