Now, it is Ranieri’s Leicester City who go into Saturday’s clash with the Gunners with the only unbeaten record in the Premier League.
· Manchester City have won five successive Premier League away games – they haven’t won six away games in a row in the top-flight before. Chelsea will have to shuffle the pack upfront as they will be without Diego Costa who will sit out his 2 game whilst serving a 3-match suspension. Standard Sport examines the details below. Live coverage of the game will be on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 1 HD. For the latest updates stay tuned to Standard Sport throughout the day. If you are looking for positions to upgrade, you’d settle on his fairly quickly, but his reliability has nevertheless been a feature of Arsenal’s season to date.
A riskier purchase would be Oscar but we might see more of the Brazilian following his return to first team duties last weekend having missed the four games since the season opener.
Arsene Wenger’s side suffered a moral damaging and controversial 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
In the intervening time, while Ranieri has undertaken club jobs in Spain, Italy and France and been in charge of the Greece national team, the closest Arsenal have come to being champions again was when they were second behind Chelsea in Mourinho’s maiden campaign.
But what we crave in Fantasy Premier League is reliability and, regardless of which team you support, it’s been unnerving to see the reigning Premier League champions Chelsea start the season in such uncharacteristically poor fashion. They fought well, they had character, it wasn’t just flamboyant Arsenal. With strong central performances for both teams, we’ll be in for a great game as the midfield pairings will be look set to cancel each other out.
They travel to the King Power Stadium on Saturday, with kickoff at 3pm. Leicester have proven to be a very tough nut to crack this season though and Arsenal have been bad in front of goal with just three goals actually scored by Arsenal players.
The Gunners returned to winning ways on Wednesday with a 2-1 League Cup win at north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
“Coming back from behind might be exciting, but it is not good“.
In defence the removal of Gabriel’s ban gives Wenger plenty of options, but Per Mertesacker is likely to be reunited with Koscielny.
However, the likes of Kasper Schmeichel, Ritchie De Laet, Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater, Ngolo Kante, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy are all expected to return to the starting line up but on-loan winger Nathan Dyer (knee) remains out injured. I think now the players know me very well and they understand my philosophy.