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Arsenal and Leicester City open the Barclays Premier League today

The Gunners and the Foxes will kick off the Premier League in the first game of the new season tonight.

Match facts:

Game: Barclays Premier League

Date: Friday, August 11

Time: 19:45 (BST) / 14:45 (ET)

Place: Emirates Stadium, London, England

Referee: Mike Dean



The Gunners will be going into the Premier League campaign without their superstar Alexis Sanchez. Arsène Wenger confirmed his team cannot rely on the Chilean due to an abdominal strain in training.

There is also uncertainty over Mesut Özil and Aaron Ramsey. Per Mertesacker is also in doubt as the German was forced off the pitch in the Community Shield clash against Chelsea with a head injury.

Laurent Koscielny is also not available for Wenger due to his suspension, however, new signings Kolašinac and Lacazette are ready to start for the Gunners.

It will be interesting to see how Arsenal approach the game, because last week against Chelsea Wenger’s men did show they are capable of playing good football. Yet, the problem with inconsistency remains for Arsenal as the face of the team during the first half and the second one was completely different.

Potential starting line-up: Čech; Holding, Mertesacker/Mustafi, Monreal; Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Kolašinac; Walcott, Lacazette, Iwobi

Leicester City

Roberth Huth will not be able to play for the Foxes today as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury. Danny Drinkwater is also considered a ‘question mark’ due to his thigh injury. New signing from Manchester City, Kelechi Iheanacho, though should be available to partner with Jamie Vardy in Leicester’s attack.

It remains interesting whether Riyad Mahrez will start, given his clear desire to leave the club as he even asked the Foxes to accept an offer and let him negotiate.

Potential staring line-up: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs; Albrighton, James, Mahrez, Gray; Vardy, Iheanacho.