Arsenal don't look in turmoil to me, says Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare ahead of Emirates clash

James Benge
Arsenal celebrate their victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final: Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare is not expecting to face an Arsenal side in “turmoil” after the Gunners secured a crucial victory over Manchester City on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger has faced intense pressure over recent weeks during Arsenal’s worst run under his management but a 2-1 FA Cup semi-final win over Pep Guardiola's side has gone some way to easing the burden on the Frenchman.

However Wenger can ill afford any slip ups in the Premier League as Arsenal look to overhaul a seven point gap to the top four.

The visit of Leicester is what Aaron Ramsey termed the first of “seven cup finals” and Shakespeare believes that his opponents may have put the worst of their worries behind them.

“Seeing the Arsenal match it didn't look like turmoil to me, there were players fighting and they thoroughly deserved the win in the end, even though it was a close game,” the Leicester manager said when asked whether he expected Wenger to be in a job next season.

Shakespeare admitted that he could not be certain whether Wenger would continue with the back three he has deployed in Arsenal’s last two wins but counselled that whatever system the Gunners used Leicester could not afford to take their hosts lightly.

“I’m not sure what they’ll do Wednesday night, whether they’ll rotate. They’ve got good depth in the squad.

“Ultimately we’ll have to make sure we’re ready and at the top of our game.”

Leicester will be without captain Wes Morgan and record signing Islam Slimani for their trip to North London, whilst midfielder Nampalys Mendy has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after undergoing an operation to resolve his long-term ankle problems.

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