Leicester must be 'perfect' to beat Arsenal, says Ranieri

The Foxes will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season against the Gunners on Saturday.

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri - in video captured by the club's official Twitter account - has acknowledged that his side’s great start to the season counts for very little when Arsenal visit the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The high-flying Foxes are fourth in the Premier League table with 12 points from their opening six games, one place above the Gunners.

More impressively, they haven’t lost a competitive game since April.

But Ranieri is under no illusions about what it will take from his side to keep that unbeaten run intact come 5pm on Saturday.

Speaking ahead of the game, he said that his side can spring an upset on one of the giants of the Premier League – if they are at the very top of their game.

“We are only thinking about Arsenal,” he said. “We are ready, but they are a smart and fast team. They will fight for the title.

“To beat Arsenal, we must play the perfect match. They don’t have weakness, but even if they did I wouldn’t tell you.”

The Italian will be hoping that Riyad Mahrez can continue tapping into the rich vein of form that has seen him shine as one of the best players in the Premier League so far this term.

The 24-year-old Algeria international has five goals and three assists to his name in the league after just six games, having had a direct hand in more goals than any other player.

That is a big part of the reason why Leicester are currently tied first with West Ham United in terms of goals scored, with both having netted 13 times so far – one more than Manchester City, and four more than Manchester United.

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