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. 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.
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!
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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!
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.