When you are competing for a title, the last thing you need are banana skin games away to inconsistent sides who can thrive on the day. Leicester have shown both of their faces recently, with a 4-1 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur pairing up with a meek defeat at Old Trafford to Manchester United. Arsenal came through an acid test, winning away at Aston Villa after being defeated at home by Manchester City.
The Foxes are missing a trio of important players in the shape of James Justin, Ryan Bertrand, and Jonny Evans. All three are Brendan Rodgers stalwarts, and their absence has played a role in just how inconsistent things have been in the Midlands.
Leicester, though, are mostly fit and firing after a challenging period of injuries recently. They come into this one knowing that they are inconsistent, but also knowing they have the firepower and skills to beat anyone on their day.
The Gunners are still without Gabriel Jesus and are likely to miss both Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey. This leaves the title chasing North Londoners scrambling for a midfield, with it being likely that Jorginho will come back in to the side after his dramatic winner against Villa. Eddie Nketiah will continue up front, flanked by Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka.
There is, though, a natural hesitancy about Arsenal after the Manchester City result. Nottingham Forest done them a favour and undone some of the damage, but it is now up to Arsenal to prove that they can overcome adversity by beating a side who love to play against the Gunners.
Arsenal fans will not like this, but we can see a Leicester result here. The Foxes are known for appearing against the big teams, while they tend to have motivational issues in the average week to week games. This is a stern test for an Arsenal team who won big at Villa; we cannot see a repeat performance here, though.