This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Leicester City’s defence has been formidable this campaign, conceding the joint-lowest number of goals, alongside Sheffield United, with eight.
This indicates that Arsenal could have a tough time penetrating their defence, though there is potentially one way that can be achieved, looking at the Foxes’ performance in their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has been vital for Arsenal this season with his goals, as he has netted 8 in 11 Premier League appearances this season, as per WhoScored.
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However, it could be the £56m man’s running in wide areas that causes problems for the Foxes, with Ricardo Pereira the main target for this.
There was a moment in Leicester’s game against Crystal Palace where Youri Tielemans gave the ball away, and having sprinted up the pitch, the Portuguese full-back left a hole in behind him that Wilfried Zaha exploited.
In the end, the Leicester man brought down the Ivory Coast international, giving away a free-kick in a dangerous area.
Though nothing came from it, the sequence of play served to illustrate a potential avenue of success for the Gunners this weekend, with Pereira’s desire to impact the game in the final third a trait that could leave spaces in behind the Foxes’ backline.
The fact the former FC Porto man has scored two goals already this season illuminates his attacking desire.
By no means is Pereira weak defensively, as indicated by the fact he has made 4.5 tackles, 1.8 interceptions and 2.9 clearances per game this season.
However, there is definitely room for exploitation, as he commits 1.4 fouls and is dribbled past 1.9 times per game on average, stats which are likely correlated with how often he looks to get forward.
Aubameyang is a definite counter-attacking threat for the Gunners, and his potent blend of speed, flair and goal scoring expertise could be maximised down the left wing against the Foxes.