Arsenal and Leicester City will get the 2017-18 Premier League under way when they clash at the Emirates Stadium on Friday, August 11, with Nigeria star, Kelechi Iheanacho set to make his first official debut for City.
The former Manchester City player has won Leicester City’s manager, Craig Shakespeare’s heart, as a reliable striker, and is expected to partner Jamie Vardy in the attack, just as another Nigerian Wilfred Ndidi will make the squad.
The Gunners come into the new season with a point to prove, having finished fifth last term, and they have already laid down a marker by beating Chelsea in the Community Shield.
Leicester also suffered a disappointing campaign last year as they were easily dethroned as champions, but Craig Shakespeare managed to halt their downward slide.
Expectations at both clubs vary, but there is similar pressure on both managers to deliver much better results this season.
Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will not play, after the Chilean suffered an abdominal strain in training.
There are concerns over the fitness of Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, while Per Mertesacker is also a doubt, having been forced off in last Sunday’s Community Shield clash against Chelsea.
Laurent Koscielny is suspended, but Shkodran Mustafi could be in line to feature if Wenger deems the Germany international ready.