Gunners looking to close the gap

Arsenal v Leicester City – Emirates Stadium – Premier League – Tuesday 8:15pm

Arsenal v Leicester City – Preview;

All of a sudden, the bed of red roses smell somewhat sweeter at the Emirates Stadium.

Three successive Premier League victories – the most recent an impressive 2-0 triumph over Wolves at Molineux – coupled with Emirates FA Cup progress has lifted sprites and offered a glimmer of hope that the top four isn’t yet out of reach.

Of course, boss Mikel Arteta, as usual, has broached the subject with confidence, but caution. Nevertheless, the Spaniard is fully aware that the next fortnight will play a pivotal role in the likelihood of that ambition becoming a reality.

Speaking ahead of the Gunners clash with third-placed Leicester City on Tuesday evening, Arteta explained; “Well now we are on a good run, we’ve got some momentum and we’re getting to the crucial point of the season where we’re going to face the top teams in the next two weeks and we’re just trying to get prepared as well as we can. 

“We know how important these games are going to be for the future of the season, so we are very focused and committed to trying to do as well as we can.”

Leicester’s form has been patchy since the return. However, the Foxes returned to winning ways against Crystal Palace over the weekend and hold a nine-point advantage over the Gunners. Arteta confessed his admiration for the job Brendan Rodgers and his staff have done at the King Power Stadium.

“I think Brendan and his staff have completely changed the style of play and the way they approach the games,” he added. 

“It’s very clear what they are trying to do. They are very dominant. They’re one of the teams that has better possession in very difficult areas as well. 

“In the Premier League, they’ve been really consistent – even though they’ve had some difficulties in the last few weeks – but since they joined, they completely changed the way they are playing and I think they proved against big teams as well that they’re going to sustain that influence against the stronger teams as well. Credit to them for what they’ve done.”

Arsenal v Leicester City – Head to head;

Arsenal won; 66

Drawn; 44

Leicester City won; 32

Arsenal v Leicester City – Last five meetings (all competitions);

August 11, 2017 – Premier League

Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City

May 9, 2018 – Premier League

Leicester City 3-1 Arsenal

October 22, 2018 – Premier League

Arsenal 3-1 Leicester City

April 28, 2019 – Premier League

Leicester City 3-0 Arsenal

November 9, 2019 – Premier League

Leicester City 2-0 Arsenal

Jeevesie’s prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Leicester City

(Quotes courtesy of Arsenal Football Club – www.arsenal.com)

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Brian Jeeves

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