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Three Leicester City players who could hurt Arsenal in their Premier League opener

Friday 11th August 2017
Arsene Wenger will be going into the fixture confident of picking the three points following their Community Shield win over Premier League champions Chelsea last weekend, but arguably Leicester City presents a tougher test due to the 'friendly' nature of the aforementioned game.

The hosts are certainly the favourite, as The Foxes visits the Emirates ready to take on a team that will welcome the return of the likes of Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey; although Alexis Sanchez will still be missing.

But the visitors have their own threat, with players who have proven themselves capable at upsetting all the odds (cast your mind back just over twelve months when they won the Premier League).

Here are three Leicester City players that can hurt Arsenal in the match on Friday night.

Riyad Mahrez

The talented Algerian who has been subject to major transfer interest in recent weeks will be available for Leicester as he will want to make his presence count as he tries to lure potential suitors into making an offer.

The left-footed forward was on target for his side in some of the pre-season friendlies ahead of the new season, which will be a great confidence-booster. Mahrez's ability in front of goal will be a source of worry for the Gunners that will be seeking victory in order to secure Champions League football next season.

The question now is, can they keep the Algerian at bay in the course of the 90 minutes. The North London side have been inconsistent at the back for some parts of their pre-season games, which could be somewhat of a concern.

Wilfred Ndidi



The Nigerian defensive midfield stalwart have been impressive under Leicester Manager Craig Shakespeare as he had readily adapted to the Premier League after moving from Belgian side RCC Genk in the January Transfer Window.

The young lad has brought calmness and stability to the Foxes side, as his presence in midfield brings a positivity to the players surrounding him. He will be deployed in the middle to try and spot the penetrating runs of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey in transition, which is something he did effectively last term from the moment he became a regular fixture in the starting XI.

His eye for goal will be a major threat to the Gunners as his long range shots present a warning for the Arsenal midfielders when he's just outside of the 18 yard box. Ndidi's thunderbolt against Stoke City is a timely reminder of what he can do when afforded spaces in such areas.

Jamie Vardy

The lethal forward who formed an impressive partnership and link-up play with Riyad Mahrez en-route to the title last two seasons will spearhead Leicester City's attack against Arsenal.

His goal scoring instincts were highlighted when he got a hat-trick, and an unbelievable one for that matter, against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the last campaign at the King Power Stadium.

He lit up the atmosphere with a goal against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals and the forward is capable of replicating such performances away at the Emirates. This is a major reason why the entire Arsenal defence must keep an eye on the prolific forward down their goal area.
Obiweluozo Martins

A passionate sports writer who looks around the world for football matches. I follow the major leagues in Europe and of course the Champions League. I'm also a lover of International football as well as watching the beautiful game from South America and Africa.


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