It’s almost time! Premier League is just hours away from returning to The Emirates as Arsenal prepare to take on Leicester City on the opening day of the season.
Unlike usual, this games being played under Friday night lights which has sparked up some debate, but hey, at least we’re in action first.
Looking towards the game Arsene Wenger has said he feels:
“well prepared, ready for a fight and ambitious as well.”
“Our players got a decent number of minutes of competition, the preparation of the squad looks good, then it’s to transform the quality of the preparation into points.”
“The quality of the performances and the continuity of the end last season were really strong, we look to have desire to play, hunger to play together and win but we have to maintain that and go from game to game with the same hunger.”
However, it’s quite well known Arsenal haven’t fared to well on the opening day of the season lately. Over the past five seasons they’ve only won once on the opening day (a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace) but that could change tomorrow.
Arsenal have quite a healthy record when facing Leicester as they’ve won four of their last five games against the Foxes, including a double in their title winning campaign of 2015-16.
Speaking on Arsenal’s opening day bad luck Wenger said:
“Sometimes because it’s after World Cups or European Championships when we have many players who won’t be ready to start the season.”
This year we haven’t had many summer tournaments but one that seems to have affected us this year is the Confederations Cup. Competing for Chile and Germany in this year’s edition of the tournament were Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez who won’t be involved tonight, as well as the latter suffering an extra set back.
“He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training before he came to Wembley, he had the scan on Monday, he will be out for one or two weeks.” said Wenger on Sanchez’s set back.
Other doubts for the game are Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker, who did all train yesterday, and Shkodran Mustafi along with Laurent Koscielny who is still suspended after his sending off against Everton last May.
One player who looks like he’ll be playing come tonight is last week’s hero Sead Kolasinac, here’s what the Arsenal boss had to say on him:
“Kolasinac is a good player, he has an attitude that is suited to the premier league, that means hes determined, aggressive, forceful and he wants to play.”
Leicester will be coming into the game off the back of a 2-1 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach with new signing Kelechi Iheanacho looking to lead the line for the first time at his new club.
However, another new arrival at the King Power stadium is set to miss the season opener as Vicente Iborra will miss the game with a groin strain along with fellow midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea but has been said to have a thigh strain.
So, the stage is set for a new season of Premier League football. The scenes may not be as lively as when Danny Welbeck headed in his winner against Leicester back in 2016 but oh it’s great to finally have football back.