Before every Arsenal fixture, we’ll bring you a Scouting Report on the Gunners’ next opponents.
Arsène Wenger's side travel to Leicester City on Sunday. To find out more, we asked tactical expert Michael Cox.
Leicester City’s promotion campaign was highly impressive, with Nigel Pearson’s side winning the Championship with 102 points.
For their first Premier League season in 13 years, Pearson has made few adjustments, continuing with the players who served him well last term.
Therefore, their strategy still feels like that of a Championship club, but they’ve caused both Everton and Chelsea problems in the opening two weeks. The Foxes averaged just 37 per cent of possession in those games, and instead attempted to play directly.
Their strategy still feels like that of a Championship club, but they’ve caused both Everton and Chelsea problems in the opening two weeks
Up front, Leicester have a classic strike partnership featuring tall Argentine Leonardo Ulloa - the major arrival this summer, at £8m - and the more mobile David Nugent.
Both are Championship specialists but are yet to prove themselves at the top level. Expect plenty of long balls towards Ulloa, with Nugent drifting into wider areas and playing on the shoulder of the last defender.
In midfield, Leicester generally knock the ball wide. Ruyad Mahrez, who represented Algeria at the World Cup, has a turn of speed and can cross dangerously, while on the other flank either Anthony Knockaert or Jeff Schlupp will play roughly the same role.
Andy King is the most authoritative midfielder in possession and is the man Arsenal should look to close down, while Dean Hammond will put in a series of tackles - assuming Danny Drinkwater doesn’t return from a hamstring injury.
At the back, Liam Moore and Wes Morgan aren’t especially tall for centre-backs - both are 6ft1in - but they’re commanding in the air, and Alexis Sanchez will find it difficult to win headers.
A much more profitable approach will be testing Leicester’s backline with pace, especially when full-backs Paul Konchesky and Ritchie De Laet scamper forward to deliver crosses.
To score, Arsenal must find a way past Kasper Schmeichel, who once turned in a superb performance for Manchester City at the Emirates, saving a Robin van Persie penalty seven years ago this week.