Leicester City beat Manchester City to go five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League table. On Sunday, Arsenal play host to the league leaders in an attempt to close down the gap.
In the early kick-off on Saturday, Riyad Mahrez scored a stunning goal while Robert Huth took care of business at both ends of the pitch. Sergio Aguero scored the consolation goal in the dying minutes for Manchester City. The Foxes dominated and won 3 – 1 at the Etihad.
Leicester’s opponents next weekend picked up three points at Bournemouth. Mesut Ozil opened the scoring for the Gunners while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain added the second without much delay. The North Londoners have leapfrogged the Citizens and climbed up to the third spot.
All the pressure would be on Arsene Wenger as they face off against Leicester at the Emirates. The hosts can’t afford another slip-up if they want to catch Spurs and Leicester. Their victory over Bournemouth on Sunday was their first positive result in the league since January 2nd.
Out of their last six matches in all competitions, Arsenal have lost once and drawn thrice. Leicester, on the other hand, have won four, drawn one and lost one of their last six fixtures.
Arsenal won 2 – 5 when these two sides met at the King Power Stadium in September last year. Alexis Sanchez scored a hat-trick while Jamie Vardy’s brace failed to help his side.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has questioned the mentality of his former club. According to the French legend, Leicester have the mentality to win the league.
Henry said: “If I had said to you that Chelsea would struggle, Manchester City would struggle, you would have thought that it would be a season that Arsenal would walk away with it easily. And it’s not happening.
“I would question also the mentality of it. The game against Chelsea, they didn’t score. Those are the sort of games you need to win.
“They need three points. It is business. You don’t win the league for a very long time. Can you win it? It’s time to wake up and do it!
“For me at the moment, Leicester are the team to win it. They’re not only showing they can win it, they’re showing they can cope with the pressure.”
“We have been in the title race and we are still in it,” the Frenchman said. “I agree Leicester now is the favourite. In one week they have beaten Liverpool and Manchester City.
“That makes our game on Sunday a very big one. We just have to control our performances and show that we believe. We have enough quality and nerve to deal with that.
According to the odds, Arsenal are the favourites to win this clash but a draw or a Leicester win seems to be a more probable result.
With 13 matches still to go, the fight for the title and the top four spots will only intensify. It will be interesting to see if Leicester can continue their fairy tale run and how the top four will shape up by the end of this season.
Arsenal vs Leicester – Leicester DOUBLE CHANCE (win or draw), Best Odds 2.2