The EPL 2017/2018 season is about to start on a high at Emirates as Arsenal host Leceister City in the first match of the EPL season. History so far seems balance for both teams or to an extent giving Arsenal a bit of advantage. But if history decides to play tricks on either side, the result could go either ways. Let's have a look on some cogent histories that may decide the match apart from team quality.
Starting with Arsenal, Arsenal have always had a poor opening match of the season winning just one of their last 8 Premier League openers and starting with a loss in each of their last two season openers. This is a bit of history that Arsene Wenger should not overlook as he prepares ahead of the match tonight. On the other hand, history also seems to balance itself on a high for Arsenal with the fact that the team have never been defeated in a premier league match played on Friday.
In a bit to balance itself, history has shown that Leceister also have won just one in their last 8 premier league opener, to make matters worse, unlike Arsenal, the last time Leciester won on a friday was 42 years ago. Another challenge for Leceister is that Arsenal have won 10 successive home games against them. This is a jinx Leceister City will want to break tonight as they seek their first away win against Arsenal in 44 years.
History might not have been on Leceister's side but team stability seems to be a plus for them unlike Arsene wenger whose team is wallowing in injury crises and match suspension. For example, Mertaxacar is doubtful due to head injury, Mustafi is not yet match fit, Ozil and Ramsey are also doubtful, Sanchez, Gabriel and Carzola are definitely not going to feature due to one injury or the other, to crown it all, a key defender Koscielny is suspended. In comparison, the major doubt Leceister City have is the injury to Drinkwater and Huth, but all other players seems stable with the addition of Kelechi Iheanacho who should have his league debut for Leceister today.
Will history once again prevail in support of Arsenal? Or will team stability and determination to break the losing jinx against Arsenal lead Leceister City to their first away win at Emirates in 44 years? The league opener tonight will decide.