Pre-Match Report

Leicester City v Arsenal: The Brief

We can’t finish anywhere but sixth. Leicester are likely to finish ninth. So, to all intents and purposes, Wednesday’s game is something of a dead rubber.

The real story, of course, is Arsene Wenger.


After an emotional farewell to our home fans on Sunday, the boss has two away trips before he waves a final goodbye to our club.

And then what?


“After Huddersfield I will take a few days to think about all that, how I feel really, what my deep desire is, the challenge I want next,” he told


“I’ve made one decision until now, that I will continue to work, that’s for sure. My brain is active and it would be terrible for me not to work. In what capacity? I haven’t decided yet.


“For me, my life since I was a kid has revolved around football. I think that will continue. I have interests in politics, economics because I studied that… but after one or two days it becomes boring for me. My first reflex in the morning is always, ‘Is there a game to watch tonight?’.


On Wednesday (and Sunday) he will have a game to watch. And, typically, the boss wants three points as badly as ever.


Stay on this page for a comprehensive pre-match briefing ahead of the Leicester game. Watch some classic goals, hear more from the boss, get the latest team news and test your knowledge.

Wenger on leaving


Jack Wilshere’s future has been up in the air for a while but the boss is convinced he will stay at Emirates Stadium.


“The latest conversation I had with Jack looks positive for the club,” he said. “I am not involved in the negotiations anymore but of course I am still in touch with Jack. If he wants my advice, I will give it to him. I’m convinced, like I always was, that his future is here.

“It was always my wish [that he stays] and I think it will happen.”

Jack Wilshere in training before the Leicester City game

Jack Wilshere in training before the Leicester City game


ARSENAL: Ozil (back), Elneny (ankle), Ospina (rib), Koscielny (Achilles)


LEICESTER: Diabate (illness), Dragovic (shoulder), Simpson (groin), Huth, Chilwell, Schmeichel, Okazaki (all ankle), Ndidi, Amartey (both hamstring), James (Achilles) 

Mesut Ozil



“I need to organise my life a little bit, because at the moment I’ve organised the lives of others more than my own life.


“I’ve neglected many of the aspects of my own life. Also, I would say that a lot was organised for me because I have a structure around me that has done so well for me and taken care of me.


“The examples are when I travel, whether I will need a car or a cab, all the details… whether I will need dinner somewhere… I never had to do it myself, just to say what I wanted to do. I will have to organise my life in a different way.


“I didn’t have to do a lot, and now I will have to do it myself!”

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