Arsenal is to host a match against Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium today with kick-off scheduled for 7:45 pm (local time).
After beating Manchester City in the FA CUP semi-final 2-1, Arsenal is going to enter the field with a high, but the team needs to shrug off the euphoria and concentrate on the Premier League fixture against champions Leicester. As the club has already found a place in the FA Cup final, their immediate focus should be on securing Champions League qualification.
Currently the club is seven points off the top four with a game in hand, and a win against title holders Leicester could prove invaluable with fellow top-four hopefuls Manchester City and Manchester United facing off on Thursday night.
As far as the teams are concerned, Wes Morgan isn’t going to be playing and will miss Leicester’s trip to Arsenal because of a hamstring injury. Nampalys Mendy isn’t going to play either for the rest of the reason following an ankle operation. Robert Huth will return after being banned for the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid. Leicester City’s provisional squad looks like this: Schmeichel, Hamer, Zieler, Simpson, Huth, Wasilewski, Benalouane, Chilwell, Fuchs, Drinkwater, King, Amartey, Ndidi, Gray, Mahrez, Kapustka, Albrighton, Musa, Ulloa, Vardy, Okazaki.
Arsenal on the other hand will be missing some of its players as well. The club will be keeping an eye on fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England midfielder suffered a foot injury during the FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City and left Wembley on crutches, but manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that was just a precaution. David Ospina (back), Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez (both thigh) are still missing along with Santi Cazorla (Achilles).
Provisional squad for Arsenal looks like this: Cech, Martinez, Macey, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott, Iwobi, Sanchez, Welbeck, Giroud.