Arsenal vs Leicester preview: Can Claudio Ranieri's side maintain their unlikely title push?

A look ahead to the Premier League fixture at the Emirates Stadium. 

It’s a big game for… 

Jamie Vardy

The man on fire will have one on his mind as he heads to north London, setting the record straight and finally beating the Gunners at the Emirates.  Leicester have a history of rough results at the Emirates and Vardy’s two goals weren’t enough in the 5-2 defeat last time the two sides met in September. If the League’s top scorer can sink Arsenal, Leicester will nudge eight points ahead of their competition. As the pressure kicks in on the title race, this weekend is a pivotal game and Vardy needs to be on form.

Weird /best stat… 

There has not been a goalless draw between the two sides since January 2001.  With all eyes on the Emirates this weekend as the top four remain just six points apart, history suggests goals are almost certain to flow.

Remember when… 

An early goal did not prove enough to fight off the Gunners’ advances.  Leicester’s defence buckled in the middle of the game, before Vardy grabbed a late consolation goal.

Player to watch… 

Francis Coquelin

Now Arsenal’s first choice defensive midfielder, Coquelin will have an important part to play if the club are to secure the win over the formidable Leicester.  He will need to avoid recklessness in his trademark forward aggression however, as maintaining possession will be key to ensuring Vardy isn’t gifted chance after chance.

Past three-meetings… 

Arsenal 5 (Walcott, Alexis 3, Giroud) Leicester 2 (Vardy 2)
Premier League, September 2015

Arsenal 2 (Koscielny, Walcott) Leicester 1 (Kramaric)
Premier League, February 2015

Arsenal 1 (Alexis) Leicester 1 (Ulloa)
Premier League, August 2014

Form guide…  

Arsenal: DDLWDW 

Leicester: WDLWWW

Vital information… 

KICK-OFF TIME: 12pm

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1, highlights on BBC1