Leicester are one of the surprise packages of the season, and are currently the only team still unbeaten in the Premier League. We’ve got a tricky away trip to the King Power Stadium this weekend, and can’t afford to take Claudio Ranieri’s side for granted.
We’ve got a number of players absent, whether it be through injury or suspension, but Arsene Wenger has a host of options to choose from.
The manager has confirmed that Francis Coquelin will miss the trip through injury, with the French midfielder jarring his knee during the clash with Chelsea (via IBT).
Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, and Danny Welbeck are all long term absentees, and will also certainly be unavailable for the game (via Arsenal.com).
Gabriel Paulista is also ineligible, with the FA making the bizarre decision to give him a one match ban for improper conduct – right after rescinding his three match ban for wrongful dismissal at the hands of Mike Dean (via The Guardian).
Santi Cazorla is back from his suspension, and it seems likely he’ll partner either Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, or Mathieu Flamini (in the wake of his midweek heroics) in midfield.
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Leicester have very few worries, with Nathan Dyer and Matty James the only players likely to miss out (via BBC).
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We are more than capable of brushing the Foxes aside, but the way they’ve been playing – Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy particularly impressive – we have to be very, very careful heading into this fixture.