Arsenal will be looking to build on their midweek Europa League triumph over Benfica when they travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City this lunchtime, kick-off 12pm.
The Gunners, who were beaten 1-0 by the Foxes in the reverse fixture at the Emirates Stadium back in October, staged a dramatic comeback against Benfica on Thursday evening, recovering from 2-1 down inside the final 25 minutes to win 3-2 and progress to the last-16 of the competition, winning 4-3 on aggregate.
Mikel Arteta’s side’s reward for getting the better of the Portuguese side is a clash with Greek outfit Olympiakos in the last-16, meaning Arsenal will face them for the second season in succession.
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But before the Gunners can think about returning to European action next month, they have domestic matters to take care of, starting with this lunchtime’s trip to the Midlands to face Leicester.
With Arsenal having lost three of their last four outings in the Premier League, they will be determined to get back on track against Brendan Rodgers’ side, despite heading to the King Power Stadium as the less fancied team. However, Arteta is hopeful that his players will be able to use the motivation earned from the win over Benfica to kick-start their league form once again.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the Spaniard explained: “Hopefully for us and the players it will generate belief. We know that in this competition we’re going to go through difficult patches, be it a moment in a game, a whole game or something unpredictable that happens.
“You have to be able to react to it. All the winners in European competition have to have a magic moment, a moment of luck, have to be able to overcome difficult situations.
“We did it last night [Thursday] and in a convincing way as well because I…