Arsenal vs Leicester Football Match Score 13 Aug 2022
Arsenal will aim to begin the 2022-23 Premier League season with back-to-back wins as Leicester City visit the Emirates Stadium for Saturday afternoon’s match. The Gunners kicked off the new campaign with a 2-0 victory away to Crystal Palace, while the Foxes threw away a two-goal lead against Brentford to draw 2-2. Arsenal beginning the new Premier League season away from home in a London derby spelled trouble last year, but Mikel Arteta’s reinforced side ensured that lightning would not strike twice in a professional performance against Crystal Palace last Friday.
It would not be an Arsenal win in 2022 without Aaron Ramsdale having to bail his side out on more than one occasion, but a Gabriel Martinelli header from a well-worked corner routine and Marc Guehi’s own goal ultimately got the job done for the Gunners. From Zinchenko’s assist, Gabriel Jesus’s energetic display and William Saliba’s man-of-the-match performance, the trio of debutants laid down early markers for the months ahead, as Arsenal now aim to kickstart their Emirates endeavours on the front foot.
Arsenal ended the 2021-22 season with three consecutive home wins against Manchester United, Leeds United and Everton – albeit without a single clean sheet from any of those matches – and it has been over 50 years since the Gunners claimed back-to-back wins with back-to-back clean sheets at the start of a top-flight season. Arteta has affirmed that his side are still hoping to be active in the transfer market before the window closes, but the core of the current Arsenal crop ought to feel confident of getting the job done against a Leicester side whose summer business has been virtually non-existent.
With an almost identical first-team squad taking to the field on the opening weekend, Leicester fans briefly forgot about their side’s failure to bring in a single new signing, as Timothy Castagne and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall struck for the Foxes against Brentford to put them two goals to the good.
Ivan Toney made things interesting just after the hour mark, though, and with only a few minutes left to go to hold on to their slender lead, Leicester allowed former Arsenal youngster Josh Dasilva to curl home a delightful equaliser to leave supporters even more irked.
Brendan Rodgers has hinted that his side’s lack of incomings has been down to those higher up rather than his managerial decisions, and the priority for the next few weeks will likely be warding off interest in James Maddison, Wesley Fofana and Youri Tielemans.
Leicester’s unbeaten run in the Premier League does now stand at five matches, but they only picked up four league wins away from home in the entirety of the 2021-22 season, and their only clean sheet on the road came against relegated Burnley back in March.
That dismal away run includes a 2-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates back in March after the Gunners had previously won by the same scoreline at the King Power in October, and the Foxes’ 35 away defeats to Arsenal is the most they have suffered against a single top-flight side.
Arsenal go in search of a first home win of the new Premier League season when they welcome Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Last week, the Gunners’ impressive pre-season form continued as they recorded a hard-fought 2-0 win away at London rivals Crystal Palace in their opening game of the 2022/23 campaign. The win came thanks to Gabriel Martinelli’s first-half header and an own goal from Marc Guehi.
Now the task for Arsenal is to continue down this path, and their chances of recording back-to-back wins have been boosted with confirmation that summer signing Fabio Vieira and Emile Smith Rowe are in contention after missing the victory at Selhurst Park through injury.
Mikel Arteta’s biggest selection dilemma is most likely who he names on the bench rather than who he picks to start the game., There’s every chance he could go with the same side that started the win over Crystal Palace, as well as those pre-season friendlies against Chelsea and Sevilla.
But Kieran Tierney’s cameo off the bench last week does give the Arsenal manager a tough decision to make as the Scot did impress after replacing Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back. Comments from the press conference regarding his condition leave me to assume he will start against the Foxes.
With that said, I wouldn’t drop the Ukraine international completely. Instead, he can move into a central midfield role alongside Thomas Partey and captain Martin Odegaard with Granit Xhaka the one to miss out. Other than that, it’s the same side that started at Selhurst Park, with William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka among those to keep their place.
And for the first time in a long while, Arteta will have a strong bench to choose from. As the game will come too soon for Fabio Vieira to start following injury, I expect him to be amongst the substitutes alongside Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah, Nicolas Pepe and Albert Sambi Lokonga.
Arsenal host Leicester City in their first home fixture of the 2022/23 Premier League season with Mikel Arteta’s side aiming to pick up six points from a possible six. The Gunners kicked off their campaign with a 2-0 away win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. This followed an encouraging preseason for the north London side with hopes of a strong 2022/23 season high at the Emirates Stadium.
Leicester City, however, are still searching for their first victory of the new season after drawing 2-2 at home to Brentford on the opening weekend. The Foxes let a 2-0 lead slip at the King Power Stadium. Last season saw Arsenal claim 2-0 wins home and away against Leicester in the Premier League and the Gunners will be targeting another victory over the visitors to north London.
Arsenal start this Premier League fixture as favourites. The goalscoring record of both teams means goals should be witnessed at the Emirates Stadium with Arsenal and Leicester City scoring twice on opening weekend. Jesus will be a threat in the final third for the Gunners while Maddison is central to the creativity of the Leicester City frontline. Of course, it’s not certain the England international will start for the Foxes given the transfer speculation around him at the moment.
Gabriel Jesus will start up front for Arsenal after an impressive Premier League debut for his new team in the win over Crystal Palace. Oleksandr Zinchenko could keep his place at left-back despite Kieran Tierney returning to fitness. Ben White was forced to play at right-back at Selhurst Park and so Arteta will be keen to get Takehiro Tomiyasu back into the team to give Arsenal a natural right-sided option in their defence.