Under-pressure Gunners boss Unai Emery has admitted Saturday’s clash is “a must-win” for his side, who are currently in fifth place, six points behind third-placed Leicester.
Arsenal have not won in their last three Premier League games, while Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes won 2-0 at Crystal Palace last time out on the back of their stunning 9-0 demolition of Southampton two weeks ago.
Leicester also have the league’s top scorer in Jamie Vardy, who has 10 from the first 11 games.
Arsenal also have a potent attack led by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, but considering the Gunners’ well documented problems in defence, former Tottenham ace Chris Waddle expects plenty of goals in Saturday’s teatime kick-off.
“The Gunners have got issues defensively and Leicester have so many threats going forward that there will be chances, probably at both ends,” Waddle told the Racing Post .
“I love what Brendan Rodgers is doing at Leicester and can only see them carrying on their good work by beating Arsenal. Arsenal will give as good as they get, but I predict a 4-2 Leicester win.”
A win for Arsenal would be a timely boost to their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, putting them within three points of the top four, with rivals Tottenham and Manchester United struggling.
But three points for the Foxes would be a huge statement of intent from Rodgers’ squad that they can upset the traditional big six this season and return to the Champions League.
It would open up a nine-point gap over Arsenal, with fourth-placed Chelsea also having the chance to extend their advantage to six points when they host Crystal Palace earlier in the day.
Rodgers has been touted as a potential successor to Emery in the Arsenal hotseat as pressure grows on the Gunners boss following his team’s inconsistent form. The former Liverpool manager has also been linked with a future move to United.