Ranieri admits watching Arsenal against Liverpool; gives verdict

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri

Leicester City host Arsenal this weekend.

Leicester manager Claudio RanieriLeicester manager Claudio Ranieri

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri says he watched Arsenal’s 4-3 defeat to Liverpool and felt something strange happened to the hosts as they suffered a second-half meltdown, the club’s official website report.

Arsenal looked in good shape when leading Liverpool 1-0 just before half-time, yet a Philippe Coutinho freekick on the stroke of half-time prompted a mad 15-minute spell after the interval.

The Reds, shooting towards their own supporters, suddenly found themselves 4-1 up as Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane left the Emirates Stadium stunned and soon jeering their own team.

Leicester City manager Claudio RanieriLeicester City manager Claudio Ranieri

The Gunners did manage to come back into it, ultimately losing 4-3, and Ranieri feels his Leicester side must draw confidence as the Premier League champions look to get their first points on the board.

“I watched Arsenal’s match. They played so well the first half. In the second half they have something strange and Liverpool scored three times, but after they came back it was a very good match,” Ranieri told the club’s official website.

“For this reason, when you play against big teams like Arsenal, you have to be very, very confident.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in the standsArsenal manager Arsene Wenger in the stands

A number of Arsenal supporters have lamented Arsene Wenger’s decision not to open the cheque book and sign more players, yet in today’s market most good players come at such a premium price.

Leicester didn’t get their defence of their Premier League crown off to the best of starts as they were downed 2-1 at recently-promoted Hull City, yet the Foxes aren’t being pulled down by expectations.

Arsenal defeated Leicester twice last season, and they will be hoping for a repeat performance of the 5-2 win at the King Power Stadium.

General view inside the King Power Stadium before the matchGeneral view inside the King Power Stadium before the match

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