Leicester City vs Arsenal: match preview, injury news and H2H

Ernest Sunday
By Ernest Sunday

Freelance sports writer with great passion for football, Academic content writer and Lifestyle Blogger

Arsenal set to continue their good run of form this weekend with a trip to King Power Stadium. Can they maintain their unbeaten record against Leicester City?

Complete prematch analysis on Leicester City vs Arsenal

Arsenal will be travelling to the East Midlands of Leicester on Saturday, October 30 2021, for their 10th Premier League match of the season. The North London club hope to grab their 5th Premier League win in 2021 when they face Leicester City by 12:30 PM.

After experiencing a poor start to the season, the club has been in good form since their 5-0 defeat against Manchester City, significant progress for Mikel Arteta and his team.

They have played six straight matches unbeaten, won four and drew two, and that has brought back some positive feelings at Emirates with both the fans and Board happy about the results.

Mikel Arteta has taken a big step forward to organise his team in the way he wants them to play, thanks to his new signings and Arsenal's highly talented academy graduates.

The manager has created a special squad full of confidence that has adapted to his playing style, and he is happy about his progress with the team.

Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka are among the players who have progressed so well under the manager. Their talents full of creativity has been praised so well by all football lovers, including Arteta.

Last weekend Emile Smith Rowe produced a good performance in Arsenal's 3-1 win against Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium. He was awarded the man of the match for his fine display.

Mikel Arteta was full of praise for the young star and challenged him to develop more as he believes he can do so.

"When you want to take the game to the next level when you become a real important player in such a big club, that should be the only priority, and every detail is important and relevant," he said.

"You have to make him aware of that, you cannot give percentages away that can make big differences, and he has changed that.

"Credit to him and obviously the staff here that are all the time monitoring and build that education with him, and he'll only get better.

"He should demand that in his game because he is capable of doing it. I'm pleased that it is developing. He still needs to develop more in other areas as well.

"The other night, he wasn't 100 per cent fit, but he stepped forward, and he wanted to play with a difficult injury that he had.

"There is no complaining, he is just looking forwards, he is determined, he has changed the way he is living as well a little bit and some of the habits that he had, and he's been superb."

On the other hand, Leicester has enjoyed two straight winnings in a row in the Premier League after humiliating Manchester United last two weeks in a 4-2 win at King Power Stadium and beating Brentford 2-1 last weekend.

Brendan Rodger's team continue to fight their way up to the Premier League table sitting above Arsenal with three goals difference in the 9th position, and that makes their clash a must-watch.

Leicester City will be going into the match with their spirit high, having played four games unbeaten.

Brendan Rodger has organised a set of quality strikers in his team this season, with Jamie Vardy, Iheanacho and new signing Patson Daka all making a good impact on Leicester's team.

With their four straight Premier League matches, unbeaten Leicester will hope for another good result when they host Arsenal on Saturday at their home stadium.

Leicester City's players to watch

Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy is one of the strikers in the Premier League that has always been a nightmare to defenders. He is one of the few players that has scored over 100 goals in Premier League history.

The English-born striker has continued his fine form with seven goals in nine Premier League appearances for The Foxes this season.

Leicester will be hoping to use his speed and one-time shooting power to counter Arsenal on Saturday match.

Vardy Is currently the second-highest goalscorer with three goals below Liverpool's super talented striker Mohamed Salah. He will be hoping to score more goals against Arsenal to close his gap with Salah.

Patson Daka

Leicester City's new signing, Patson Daka, has adapted so quickly to the team. He has scored five goals in nine appearances for The Foxes. The Zambian international is fighting for a start ahead of Iheanacho, and he will be hoping to get a start against Arsenal.

Like Vardy, Daka also has excellent speed and good positioning, which might be a massive threat to Arsenal's defender if he gets a start on Saturday afternoon.

Arsenal's players to watch

Emile Smith Rowe

Arsenal young talented midfielder Emile Smith Rowe is currently one of the best young players in the Premier League. He has developed so well under Mikel Arteta and has turned into a vital player for Arsenal.

He has become one of the fans favourites at Emirates due to his outstanding contribution and dedication to the team. Smith Rowe is so determined and hungry to learn at any point.

He has scored two goals and proved two assists in appearances for Arsenal this season.

He has a great understanding of his midfield role and will hand Leicester City a huge test in the midfield. With fine skills and excellent finishing, he will hope to lead Arsenal into their 7th straight unbeaten match in Premier League.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal's captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another player to watch when they visit Leicester City on Saturday. The 32-year-old striker has scored in Arsenal's last two Premier League.

The Gabon international has restored his goalscoring threat after a slow start to the season with a goal drought. He is has been praised so well for his recent contribution to Arsenal's team.

Aubameyang has scored seven goals and provided two assists in nine appearances for Arsenal. Ahead of the trip to King Power, Aubameyang will hope to continue his scoring streak this season.

Leicester City vs Arsenal: Head-to-Head

Ahead of Arsenal's trip to Leicester, below is the head-to-head statistics.

Leicester City vs Arsenal's Head-to-head

Total

Leicester City's winnings

Arsenal's winnings

Draw

106

51

22

33

King Power Stadium (53)

5

34

14

Emirates Stadium (53)

17

18

19

Leicester vs Arsenal: injury news

Leicester's injury news

Ahead of the game against Arsenal, Brendan Rodger will be without his defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi who is out with a month injury.

The Nigerian international is a vital part of Leicester's team. His absence is always not good news for the Foxes as he always feels in spaces in their midfield.

Jamie Verdy picked up an injury in their last Premier League match against Brentford, but the manager confirmed that he is okay after their game against Brighton at the EFL Cup.

"Jamie's fine," Rodgers said on Wednesday evening, after City's Carabao Cup win in a penalty shoot-out. "He trained this morning (Wednesday) and joined back in the group. All the guys are fine."

Leicester's available squad against Arsenal

Kasper Schmeichel, Danny Ward, Caglar Söyüncü, Jannik Vestergaard, Jonny Evans, Daniel Amartey, Filip Benkovic, Ryan Bertrand, Boubakary Soumaré, Nampalys Mendy, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, J Maddison, K Iheanacho , D Amartey, R Pereira, N Mendy , T Castagne, E Jakupovic

Daley-Campbell, Dewsbury-Hall, H Choudhury,  Thomas, Lookman H Barnes and P Daka

W Marcal-Madivadua

Arsenal's injury news

Ahead of the trip to King Power stadium Mikel Arteta's team is filled with many injuries in the first team. Arsenal's defender Ben white might miss the trip on Saturday after he was forced out in their 2-0 win against Leeds in the EFL cup.

According to Arteta, the English defender has not shown up in training and might not be involved in Leicester's match. "He hasn't trained yet, so we will have to see how he's feeling and see how he is", Arteta said in a press conference.

With other defenders available, Arteta will choose from Rob Holding or Pablo Mari to pair with Gabriel.

Kerian Terney is another player that might miss the trip due to injury. His absence will not be a big worry to the Boss as he has Nuno Tavares to fill the position.

Martin Ødegaard is another doubtful player that might miss the game against Leicester after Arteta revealed that he picked up an injury.

"Well, he came back a little bit late, don't forget that. He had an injury in pre-seas; he picked up an injury recently as well", Arteta said.

Granit Xhaka is still out with injury.

Arsenal's available squad against Leicester City

Aaron Ramsdale, Bernd Leno, Ben White (doubtful), Gabriel, Rob Holding, Pablo Marí, Kieran Tierney (doubtful), Nuno Tavares, Sead Kolasinac, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Calum Chambers, Cédric Soares, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Bukayo Saka ( doubtful),

Martin Ødegaard (doubtful), Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pépé, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun.