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The most competitive European football championship, the English Premier League, gets its new season going and on the first round Arsenal will host Leicester at the Emirates Stadium in London. After the surprising season of 2015/2016 where the Foxes won the Premier League, the 2016/2017 season was a bit of a disappointment for their fans when the club completed the season at 12th. The preseason friendlies show a record of 2 wins, 2 losses and a draw.
For the Gunners, the expectations are quite different. Arsenal is one of the Premier League clubs that is expected to fight for the Tittle even though the last one dates back to the 2003/2004 season where they set the record of winning the championship without losing a single match.
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The preseason games have Arsenal already participating in a couple of competitions that may give them some physical and tactical advantage over Leicester. They defeated Bayern Munich at the International Champions Cup after a draw at 1 goal each during the regular 90 minutes, winning at the penalty shoot-out by 2-3. The Gunners also participated at the Emirates Cup where they won against the Portuguese Champions by 5-2 and lost to Sevilla by 1-2. However, they still managed to win the competition for the 5th time. Lastly, they won the English Community Shield against Chelsea much the same way they did with Bayern. A 1-1 draw in the 90 minutes and a victory by 3-1 at the penalty shoot-out.
The injury lists are interesting. Kasper Schmeichel, Andy King and Nampalys Mendy are reported as unavailable for the Foxes. Arsenal looks more like a hospital where 8 players are reported as injured. 4 of the names are very interesting. Alexis Sanchez is reported as unavailable but it is well known that the problem for his unavailability is not an injury. Mesut Özil, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey are the other 3 big names of the list. Laurent Koscielny is also unavailable due to suspension until August 25th.
The statistics present Arsenal is the clear favorite with 4 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw over their opponents, however anything can happen at the Premiership and Leicester has already surprised everyone once before.
Can the long lived Arsenal coach Arsène Wenger start the season at the right foot despite all the problems? Or will Leicester get another surprise in?
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