2018-19 Premier League: Week Nine – Monday

This weekend’s Premier League action draws to a close as Arsenal meet Leicester City for Monday Night Football at the Emirates. 

Victory here will move Arsenal into at least fourth but if win by four goals, they will leapfrog Chelsea into third. Leicester meanwhile can leapfrog Manchester United if they get the three points. 


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Arsenal could have Mesut Ozil back from a back injury as they go for a tenth conseutive win in all competitions. 

Danny Welbeck is also available after shaking off a hamstring injury that kept him off international duty for England.  

Ainsley Maitland-Niles could also make his return, having been out since the opening weekend with a shin fracture. 

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (ankle) and Petr Cech (hamstring) will both be subject to a late fitness test on Monday.  

Leicester will definitely be without Matty James (Achilles) whilst Demarai isn’t quite ready to be risked here as he begins to come back to full fitness from an ankle injury he suffered against Wolves in Carabao Cup last month. 

Defender, Wes Morgan is suspended after his red card against Everton last time out. 



Arsenal come into this game in scintillating form, having won their last nine matches in all competitions. 

The Gunners however have only kept three clean sheets during this run whilst scoring at least twice in every game. 

Leicester meanwhile have been inconsistent with a LWWLLWWL record but have scored in every match so far this season. 

The Foxes have also had five different goal scorers in their last three league matches. 


Stat Attack

  • Arsenal have avoided defeat in 13 of last 14 meetings with Leicester, losing their last clash 3-1 in Arsene Wenger’s penultimate Premier League game before departing the Gunners. 
  • That defeat was also Arsenal’s first league loss in this fixture since November 1994 at Leicester’s former Filbert Road. 
  • At home, Arsenal have never lost to Leicester in the Premier League era (W11,D1).
  • Despite both sides taking a win each last season at home, Leicester scored six goals across both meetings to Arsenal’s five with Jamie Vardy scoring three of the Foxes’ goals. 
  • Victory will see Arsenal win four consecutive home league games for first time since they won their last five at end of last season. 



Arsenal are currently on a roll whilst Leicester are inconsistent and with a refreshed Mesut Ozil available, I can see just one result coming here.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Leicester City

Jake predicts: Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City

Result: Arsenal 3-1 Leicester City

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