Leicester City weren't exactly given an easy set of opening fixtures for their first season back in the Premier League, and their bad luck continues into Week 3 as they get ready to host Arsenal.
The Gunners twice needed late rallies to avoid bad results against Crystal Palace and Everton, but they'll be looking to feast on the Premier League newcomers on Sunday.
The hosts didn't look out of their depth against Everton or Chelsea, but they'll want to avoid starting the season with just one out of a possible nine points in their bid to avoid relegation.
Date: Sunday, August 31
Time: 4 p.m. BST/11 a.m. ET
Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester
Arsenal and their fans have great memories of their encounters with Leicester City—the last time these two team met, all the Gunners needed to do was avoid defeat to finish the 2003-04 season unbeaten, becoming "The Invincibles."
Leicester's fortunes since that day have been dire. Once a mainstay in the Premier League, they've toiled in obscurity for almost a decade. Their dominance in the 2013-14 Championship announced their return to the top level with a bang, however, and their early showings in the Premier League have been promising.
Neither Everton nor Chelsea will have expected such formidable resistance from the newly promoted side, and on Sunday, it will be Arsenal's turn to experience how good this squad exactly is.
Arsene Wenger told Arsenal's official website he is well aware of the challenge:
It is a tough proposal for us because they also drew 2-2 against Everton at home and we need a great performance again. Hopefully we have recovered from our game against Besiktas and can focus on the Premier League, because that's one of the important targets of the season.
The Gunners will be without Serge Gnabry and will likely not be able to field Kieran Gibbs or Mikel Arteta, per the club's site, although Aaron Ramsey will return to the starting XI following his suspension for the return fixture against Besiktas.
Olivier Giroud's injury threw a wrench in the attacking plans for Arsenal, and marquee signing Alexis Sanchez will be called upon to make the difference in the attacking third once again.
The hosts are still waiting on Esteban Cambiasso's international clearance, and the Argentine veteran will likely be a game-time decision for Leicester, per ITV.
As shared by Squawka, Cambiasso is eager to show his abilities in the top division of English football:
Estaban Cambiasso: "In the past I've played in Spain & Italy, but for my career I need to play in the Premier League" pic.twitter.com/lJJ5A3uGii— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 29, 2014
The former Inter Milan star will bring some much-needed experience to the Foxes, but against a side as prolific as Arsenal, perhaps the consistency among Leicester's current starting XI is their biggest asset.
The hosts should be high on confidence following their surprisingly good start to the 2014-15 campaign, and with nobody expecting a result against the Gunners, all the pressure will be on the visitors to come out and perform.