It’s a top of the table clash this weekend, with the Foxes looking to prove they deserve to be in first place.
It looks set to be a tasty weekend of football action, especially on Sunday, as Arsenal take on Leicester at the Emirates Stadium in what is a huge top of the table clash.
The Foxes continue to defy the odds and surprise everyone by leading the pack with 25 weeks gone and they’ll be looking to make another big statement against Arsenal this weekend.
The Gunners though will want to try and jump back up to 2nd and reduce the gap between them and their opponents in the table by claiming all three points in this fixture.
In this article, we choose who we feel are the best players from two sides who have been at the right end of the table for most of the season and put them into our combined XI!
GK – Kasper Schmeichel
The Dane has had a superb season so far and is impressing many with his performances in goal for the Foxes. He’s kept a number of clean sheets for the club so far this season, including in games against top sides like Tottenham, Man City, Stoke and Liverpool in recent games. He has become one the main players for Leicester and a key part of why they are doing so well and because of this, he just gets the edge over Cech.
RB – Hector Bellerin
The defender has really come into his own this year, cementing a place in the Arsenal team and it is a well-deserved place too. He is superb in his defending in general and he isn’t too bad when on the dribble with the ball at his feet either. He’s a player who is steadily becoming a first-team regular but at 20 years of age, there is also bags of potential for him to get even better too.
CB – Robert Huth
The 31-year old really has proved to be such an astute signing for Leicester since he joined from Stoke. He has taken control of the defence and ensured they are solid and don’t concede many goals and this has helped them shoot to the top of the Premier League table. He has become a pivotal figure to the side from the centre of defence and not only is he strong in the tackle and in his defending but he’s recently proved he can provide a goal or too as well!
CB – Laurent Koscielny
He has received some criticisms this year but nobody can deny that he is still solid in the centre of defence for the Gunners. The Frenchman remains a mainstay in Arsenal’s side and has provided not only some solid defensive work in the centre of the defence but also even popped up with three goals so far this season. He may be 30 but he’s still as key a player as ever for Arsene Wenger’s side.
LB – Christian Fuchs
Fuchs – who can play as either a LB or a LM if needs be – has earned his place in this combined xi with some good showings for the Foxes this season. He is yet another Leicester player who has really come onto the scene this year and has proved he can cut it in the Premier League and also helped the club get to where they are now. Not only is he capable of putting in a good show defensively but he also makes fantastic runs down the wing and has contributed three assists so far this season. He’s also averaged just over three tackles a game for the Foxes, showing that he is a key part of a solid Leicester defence.
RM – Riyad Mahrez
The Algerian is arguably the breakout star of the year (although that accolade could also go to his teammate Jamie Vardy!) as he has become not only an outstanding player for Leicester but he has also become extremely sought after by a number of top clubs throughout Europe. He has provided both goals and assists and he has become one of the best players in the Premier League, certainly this season but it remains to be seen if he could repeat it next year. His goals and assists record is tremendous, with the 24-year old bagging 14 goals and providing 10 assists. He averages at least two shots a game, at least one tackle a game and just over three dribbles per game. He really is an asset to Leicester and really deserves his place in this XI.
CDM – Danny Drinkwater
Drinkwater has become such a great player while at Leicester and he really has become well rounded in both attack and defence. Although not a goalscoring midfielder, his through balls and passes through to other teammates have often helped start attacks and led to goals and he helps control the game for the Foxes from the middle of the park. At age 25, he still has a good few years of his career left and Leicester fans will certainly be hoping he stays at the club for the foreseeable future.
CAM – Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil has really shone for Arsenal this year with some jaw-dropping performances and assists for the club over the past few months. He’s been arguably the Gunners’ best player this season, providing four goals but more importantly, a huge 16 assists for his teammates! He’s currently in the prime of his career at the age of 27 and Gunners’ fans will be hoping he continues to threaten and help their side get the goals they need to climb up the table with his incredible passing and crossing abilities.
LM – Alexis Sanchez
The Chile international is another Arsenal player who has established himself as a key player for the club. He has struggled with an injury at times this year but when he has been in the team, his contribution has continued to be extraordinary. Six goals in 15 games is a decent record, especially for a player who also likes to set teammates up and not just score goals. He, like Ozil, is 27 years of age and is now in the prime of his career and if he keeps up his current performances and stays fit, then he could help fire the Gunners’ to another Premier League title in the near future.
ST – Olivier Giroud
Giroud does continue, like Koscielny has, to receive criticisms, despite a decent goal scoring record this year. He has banged in 12 goals for Arsenal in the Premier League this year and has scored five in the Champions League too, which is certainly no mean feat. He is one Arsene Wenger’s side’s main threats in attack and he can even provide an assist, racking up three this year. Do not count Giroud out in games and he could cause the Foxes a lot of problems this weekend if he features.
ST – Jamie Vardy
Well, what can I say about Jamie Vardy that hasn’t already been said? This year he has just burst onto the scene and absolutely nobody expected it (not that I know of anyway!) Just a few years ago he was plying his trade in the lower leagues and now here he is in the Premier League, helping his side to a potential Premier League title and leading the Golden Boot race too over players like Sergio Aguero. The Foxes even nearly sold him in the summer and they’ll be extremely thankful that they didn’t! 18 goals in 25 appearances so far is a tremendous effort from the 29-year old, who has certainly proven to be a late bloomer, and Arsenal will be hoping that he isn’t on his A-game this weekend otherwise they could be in trouble.