The opening game of the Premier League season takes place on Friday night and sees Arsenal take on Leicester at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal arrive here on the back of a Community Shield victory, a great confidence boost for them at just the right time.
After falling out of the top four last year, Arsenal will be desperate to regain their position this season, but it won’t be easy with so many top clubs around them. One thing they will need is a fantastic home record, something they need to start on Friday night.
Alexis Sanchez will miss the game through injury, but new signing Alexandre Lacazette will play and the home fans will be hoping he can score on his Premier League debut. Aside from his arrival, Arsenal have done very little in the transfer window, which is a little surprising on the back of a 5th placed finish.
Leicester have struggled for goals during pre-season and have signed Kelechi Iheanacho to try and solve that problem. He is a great signing for them, but I think he will take time to settle at his new club, so I don’t expect to see much from him in the first month.
That leaves Leicester short of goals and that is going to make things very tough for them on Friday night. Arsenal are the better team and head into the game full of confidence, I see nothing happening here other than a home win for The Gunners.
Playing without Alexis Sanchez is not ideal, but Arsenal have other creative talents who can win them the game. I expect to see them win the game comfortably, whilst also keeping a clean sheet against a team who look like they will struggle for goals early in the season.