Adding to the drama will be the appearance of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, both of whom have now signed new contracts this summer to end protracted transfer sagas in which they turned down the Gunners' advances.
"He has to play better because we are now also in the Champions League and we need something more to play against these big teams", Ranieri told journalists on Thursday. We lost the first match [2-1 against Hull] and now we have to fight to get something good. It's a bit early, I have three players who have not played for two-and-a-half months.
Arsenal have scored four Premier League hat-tricks against Leicester (Dennis Bergkamp, Nicolas Anelka, Thierry Henry and Alexis Sanchez), the joint-most against one opponent in Premier League history (Manchester United vs Newcastle also on four).
LEICESTER, England (AP) - Leicester is still searching for the first win of its Premier League title defense after drawing 0-0 with Arsenal on Saturday.
However, they staged a comeback of sorts with goals by Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and Chambers, but it was too little too late as they suffered their second opening day defeat at home in consecutive seasons. "Either you give the player a normal holiday and they are not ready to start the championship, or you don't give them a holiday and they are mentally and physically jaded", he said. I have a lot of respect for him.
The Leicester striker chose to reject Arsenal earlier this summer after the Gunners made a £20m offer for the centre-forward, who scored 24 times in 36 Premier League games last term. Hardly the start Arsenal fans wished for ahead of a new campaign that they hoped would see the club finally winning the premier league title for the first time since 2004.
Arsenal will look to continue their recent dominance of Leicester on Saturday, having beaten the Foxes twice last season.