Arsenal vs. Leicester City: Arsene Wenger Talks EPL Title Race, More in Presser

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2016

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07:  Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between A.F.C. Bournemouth and Arsenal at the Vitality Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Bournemouth, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Premier League leaders Leicester City could now begin to feel the pressure because they are the team to beat in the title race.

Wenger's Gunners face a key clash against the Foxes on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium, which could have a big say in who triumphs in the English top flight at the end of the season.

Leicester's incredible 3-1 victory away at Manchester City last time out has given Claudio Ranieri's side a five-point advantage at the top of the table, but Wenger indicated that nerves could be telling in the run-in, per the Mirror's John Cross:

The Foxes have far fewer games than Arsenal between now and the end of the season as they have been knocked out of the various cup competitions, but Wenger does not necessarily see that as an advantage, per Alex Richards in the Mirror

"They’ve got time to think, but that can be a disadvantage if you don't think in the right way."

Arsenal returned to winning ways with a 2-0 away victory last time out against Bournemouth following a run of four matches without a win. 

Wenger is now hoping for another triumph against Leicester, and specifically against Ranieri, to whom he has never lost, per Cross:

If the Gunners claim a victory against the Foxes, they will move to within two points of the league leaders; a defeat, however, could see their title hopes dashed.

Wenger picked out Riyad Mahrez as a significant threat in the Leicester attack, while also acknowledging the danger posed by the prolific Jamie Vardy, per Richards:

"Vardy scores goals, Mahrez creates in tight situations. What’s amazing with Mahrez is he’s not only a provider but also a goalscorer as well."

The reverse fixture back in September was a breathless 5-2 victory for Arsenal at the King Power Stadium, in which Alexis Sanchez netted a hat-trick—one of only two defeats Leicester have suffered in the Premier League this season.

The Chilean will be key for the Gunners again on Sunday, although he needs to find his scoring boots as he has not netted a Premier League goal since October, per

Wenger revealed that he will still not be able to call upon the services of Jack Wilshere or Santi Cazorla, who are expected to remain absent until March, per ESPN FC's Ben Dinnery:

The Frenchman also commented on the ticket-price row that has caused controversy in the last week. Wenger said he is happy with Arsenal's current prices but also insisted that fans deserve a fair deal, per Richards:

I see fans as supporters. I think it’s like a little bit, you are at home, you use electricity, and you have no choice.

They go to a club and they want a fair price. Football started in the street. 

It’s a moment of happiness in your life. Life is not every day fantastic, something boring. Football is a moment of happiness in your life, so don’t miss it.

The Gunners can make a big statement with a win over Leicester on Sunday and three points would put them firmly back in the title race.

However, they face a huge challenge against Ranieri's side, who have passed every test they have been given this season, including back-to-back wins over City and Liverpool in their last two matches.