Leicester City will look to maintain their Champions League push when they take on an indifferent Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Foxes finished 5th in the top flight last season, missing out on a top four place following a final day defeat to Manchester United.
Manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to avoid that same disappointment this time around and so far his side are in good shape, with even a loss to Arsenal on Sunday keeping them inside the top four.
However, Leicester were left to lick their wounds on Thursday after exiting the Europa League at the Round of 32.
The Foxes were knocked out of the competition by Czech side Slavia Prague much to the disappointment of the supporters – but there were contrasting fortunes for Arsenal.
The Gunners’ below-par Premier League performance this campaign was put on hold as Mikel Arteta’s side were able to squeeze past Benfica in their second leg tie which saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grab a late winner.
Targeting the Europa League may well be one of the only remaining options for Arteta when it comes to European qualification this season, with Arsenal 11th in the top flight standings heading in to the game with Leicester.
The Foxes are 15 points better off than their North London counterparts and it would take a remarkable effort for Arsenal to finish in the top 6 come the end of the season, let alone top 4.
That being said, it’s improbable but not impossible; although any remote chance will need to begin with victory at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
One positive for the Gunners is that Mikel Arteta has a near fully-fit squad to choose from, with defender Rob Holding the only doubt as he recovers from suspected concussion.
The same can’t be said for Leicester, though, who have a multitude of fitness issues to contend with. The influential James Maddison is the latest Foxes player to pick up a knock and the England midfielder is expected to be out for a few weeks.
Maddison joins the likes of Dennis Praet, Ayoze Perez, Wesley Fofana and James Justin on the sidelines who are all ruled out.
Leicester v Arsenal at the King Power Stadium is a 12pm kick off on Sunday 28th February.
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