Arsenal appear to breathed new life into what was looking like a pretty tired campaign, however the pressure certainly won’t be off under-fire manager Arsene Wenger. Nevertheless, the Gunners ended a losing run of four matches by grinding out an unconvincing 2-1 win at Middlesbrough in their last league outing and they booked their place in the final of the FA Cup on Sunday by fighting their way back from behind to beat Manchester City in extra-time. Can they keep this momentum going when they welcome Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium this week?
The Foxes enjoyed a blistering start to life under Craig Shakespeare and whilst this may have tailed off of late, they have at least put the spectre of relegation firmly behind them. Leicester managed six straight victories across all competitions, however a 4-2 loss to Everton kick-started a four-game winless run which included an exit from the Champions League at the quarter-final stage and the side now need to get back to winning ways again.
That said, we don’t fancy their chances on Wednesday evening. Arsenal received plenty of criticism for their poor performances throughout late January and February, however they have subsequently shown more in the way of fighting spirit and their win over Manchester City certainly holds them in good stead ahead of this midweek clash with the Foxes.
Leicester will put up a fight however and the Gunners will need a couple of goals given that we expect the visitors to find the net at some stage. Shakespeare’s men have scored in all-but-one of their ten games under their new boss and they will pose a few problems for a Gunners rearguard which have been struggling for clean sheets this season. Leicester will add to the scoreline on Wednesday but we expect them to leave empty-handed.
On the goal-scoring front we’ll be backing Alexis Sanchez to find the net at the Emirates Stadium. The Chilean has been subject of much speculation regarding his future with Arsenal but Arsene Wenger has made it clear that he wishes him to remain with the club. Sanchez has scored in his last two outings and we expect him to make it three on the bounce this week.