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Arsenal v Leicester – team news & stats

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Arsene Wenger roars with relief after Arsenal's FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City

    TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could feature despite leaving Wembley after Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final on crutches.

    The midfielder took a kick to the foot but Arsene Wenger said it was just a “precautionary” measure.

    Leicester’s Wes Morgan is out with a hamstring injury while Nampalys Mendy’s season is over following an ankle operation.

    Robert Huth is back after a Champions League ban, but Islam Slimani remains sidelined with a groin injury.

    MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

    Simon Brotherton: “I love that picture of Arsene Wenger celebrating at the weekend as his team beat Manchester City at Wembley – an intense release of joy and relief and a rare moment for him to truly enjoy in a turbulent campaign.

    “Wenger’s reorganised defensive strategy seems to be working and a rejuvenated Arsenal will be put to the test both here and in the North London derby at the weekend.

    “Leicester haven’t won any of the last 20 league meetings against the Gunners but have won five of the last seven league matches under Craig Shakespeare, and are more than capable of making a game of this encounter.”

    Twitter: @SimonBrotherton

    WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: “It looks like we will [have to win all our remaining games to finish in the top four]. That has to be the target and to achieve that we have to win the next one [against Leicester].

    “We have to take the energy level we showed on Sunday into the Premier League.”

    Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare: “I’m not sure how many points it will take [to avoid relegation] and the weekend proved that. Teams are capable of winning games and putting points on the board.

    “We have to make sure we look after our own club. You are not sure what’s round the corner.”

    “Seeing the Arsenal [FA Cup semi-final] match, it didn’t look like turmoil to me. There were players fighting and they thoroughly deserved the win in the end, even though it was a close game.”

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    MATCH FACTS

    Head-to-head

    • Arsenal are unbeaten in 20 league games against Leicester (W14, D6), and have won three of the last four meetings.
    • The Gunners have won nine of the 10 times they have hosted Leicester in the Premier League. The only blip was the first of those meetings, a 1-1 draw in north London in 1995.
    • It’s a match between the two teams who finished first and second in last season’s Premier League.

    Arsenal

    • Arsenal have lost three of their last six Premier League matches (W2, D1).
    • They haven’t won back-to-back league games since January.
    • The Gunners have 57 points after 33 games, which is only three fewer than last season, when they eventually finished second.
    • Theo Walcott has found the net in three of his four Premier League appearances against Leicester, including in both home games.
    • Alexis Sanchez has scored 19 Premier League goals this season. One more would make him the fifth Arsenal player to score 20+ goals in a Premier League campaign (after Thierry Henry, Ian Wright, Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor.

    Leicester City

    • Leicester have won five of their last seven league matches (D1, L1).
    • The Foxes have picked up four points in their three Premier League away games under Craig Shakespeare, more than they had managed in the previous 13 under Claudio Ranieri.
    • Leicester have scored at least two goals in every one of their seven Premier League matches under Shakespeare (17 goals in total). Their previous 17 Premier League goals came over a period of 20 matches.
    • Jamie Vardy has been involved in eight goals in his last seven Premier League appearances since Shakespeare’s appointment (six goals, two assists). He has scored Leicester’s last three goals against Arsenal in the Premier League, scoring the opening goal twice. However, he is yet to end up on the winning side.
    • Three of Robert Huth’s last five Premier League goals for Leicester City have come away to London sides.
    SAM’s verdict
    Most probable score: 2-1 Probability of draw: 20%
    Probability of home win: 64% Probability of away win: 16%

    SAM (Sports Analytics Machine) is a super-computer created by @ProfIanMcHale at the University of Salford that is used to predict the outcome of football matches.

    Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: Arsenal v Leicester – team news & stats

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