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Arsenal v Leicester City – 10 things you should know

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Arsenal host Leicester City at the Emirates tonight, with the Gunners desperate for all three points.

Having guided his side to another FA Cup final on Sunday, Arsene Wenger now has the tough task of occupying a top four finish this season, while Leicester City have nothing to really play for having avoided relegation.

It’s a must win game for the Gunners if they are to finish in the top four, and Wenger has admitted this as well.

So, courtesy of OPTA, here are 10 things you should know about both sides ahead of kick-off tonight:

1. Leicester are on a 20-game winless run against Arsenal in the Premier League (D7 L13), with their only win against the Gunners coming in their first ever Premier League encounter in November 1994 (2-1 victory).

2. Arsenal have won each of their last nine Premier League home encounters with Leicester City; the longest current run in the division.

3. In fact, if the Gunners beat the Foxes, it will equal their longest home winning streak against a single club (10 successive wins against Everton between Jan 1997 – Sept 2005).

4. Theo Walcott has found the net in three of his four Premier League appearances against Leicester, including in both home games.

5. Jamie Vardy has scored Leicester City’s last three goals against Arsenal in the Premier League, scoring the opening goal twice. However, he is yet to end up on the winning side.

6. Vardy has scored seven goals in 10 competitive games for Leicester under Craig Shakespeare, this after netting seven goals in 32 games in 2016-17 under Claudio Ranieri for the Foxes.

7. Alexis Sanchez has now scored 19 Premier League goals this season; equalling his best-ever tally in a single league season (19 with Barcelona in 2013-14).

8. Should Sanchez score another Premier League goal this season, he’ll be the fifth Arsenal player to score 20+ goals in a Premier League campaign after Thierry Henry (five times), Ian Wright (two times), Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor. Van Persie was the last to do this (30 goals in 2011-12).

9. The Gunners will be looking to win back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time in over three months (January 22nd 2017), following their 2-1 win at Middlesbrough in their previous game.

10. Leicester City have scored at least two goals in every one of their seven Premier League matches under Craig Shakespeare (17 goals in total). Their previous 17 Premier League goals came over a period of 20 matches.

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