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‘I’m not feeling good about this one’: Pundit predicts Leicester v Arsenal

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Charlie Nicholas is tipping Leicester City to claim a 3-2 win over Arsenal in their Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium on Saturday night.

The Gunners head into the game looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League following the disappointment of their 1-1 draw with Wolves at The Emirates last weekend.

Arsenal have only won one of their last five games in the top flight to leave them off the pace in the race for a top-four finish.

Indeed, Unai Emery’s men are currently in fifth place in the Premier League table and six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea FC heading into this weekend’s round of games.

Leicester City are flying high and have won four of their last five games in the top flight to highlight their progress under Brendan Rodgers.

Former Arsenal star Nicholas has not been impressed by what he has seen from the Gunners in recent weeks and he is worried that his old team are heading for a defeat on Saturday.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “It is a very good Leicester team at the moment. Brendan Rodgers has earned the praise. Jamie Vardy’s goalscoring level has returned and James Maddison has been great, not to mention everybody else playing their part.

“This Leicester side are much better to watch than the title-winning side. They have pace, balance and are technically very good – you can get at them defensively in my mind but they are a decent force with pace and movement in the attacking half. Arsenal do not know how to handle that and cannot defend.

“Leicester have too much of this for my liking. Granit Xhaka is finally not the captain and will not be involved.

“That is a long way off now so the new captain is not going to be inspirational by being the captain, but by scoring goals. I don’t know who the manager will pick.

“Kieran Tierney needs to work on his final ball and this is important to get the service into the frontmen.

“Matteo Guendouzi is having a shocker and he is getting away with it due to Xhaka – he needs to be taken out of the team. I would rather Unai Emery go with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Lucas Torreira.

“This is his normal position, so let them be the legs in front of you. Mesut Ozil played well so he should stay in the side ahead of Dani Ceballos, while bringing Nicolas Pepe in for the counter-attack.

“I am not feeling good about this one.”

Arsenal are looking to try and break back into the top four this season after they finished in fifth place and without a trophy under Emery last term.

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