Arsenal host table-toppers Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday for what could be a season-defining moment for the league leaders. A victory at the Emirates would leave the Foxes in pole position to grab their first Premier League title but the history books suggest they have it all do to tomorrow. Here’s five reasons why they might struggle.
1 Arsenal are unbeaten in midday kick-offs in the Premier League
Take note here – 12pm kick-offs and not 12.45pm. The Gunners have won each of their past 11 midday kick-offs in the Premier League since 1992 and are unbeaten in 14. Their first midday Premier League game was a 0-0 stalemate against Ipswich at Highbury in 1992 and their last a 3-2 home win over Sunderland in October 2007.
2 The last time Leicester played Arsenal at midday…
Wasn’t a day to remember for the Foxes in 2000. Arsenal ran out 6-1 winners thanks to Thierry Henry’s first-ever hat-trick for the Gunners and goals from Vieira, Ljunberg and Adams. The BBC reported that day: “Much to the relief of Leicester followers the final whistle soon followed as the Gunners, orchestrated by Henry, pushed for a seventh goal.”
3 Arsenal unbeaten at home to Leicester since 1973
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 18 home league games against Leicester, winning 15 and drawing 3, and have won all eight previous games. The record stretches back to 1973, a time when Aerosmith released their debut album and Spurs won the League Cup final against Norwich at Wembley.
4 Arsenal don’t lose at the Emirates in February
Arsenal have never lost a Premier League game at the Emirates during the month of February. Fact.
5 Wenger has never lost to Ranieri
In domestic club competitions, at least. Arsene and Claudio have met each 13 times over the years in the Premier League and British cup competitions. Wenger has won 9, drawn 4 and lost 0.
HOWEVER. Ranieri was at the Stamford Bridge helm when a late Wayne Bridge goal knocked out Arsenal’s Invincibles in a Champions League quarter-final clash at Highbury in 2004. Ouch.
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