Watch Live: Arsenal host Leicester in season opener

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Arsenal host Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Friday (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) to open up the 2017-18 Premier League season.

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The Gunners still haven’t sorted out the future’s of star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, but there is plenty of optimism in the air around Arsenal heading into the season after a fine finish to last season, another FA Cup win and beating Chelsea in the Community Shield last weekend.

For Leicester the main aim for new permanent boss Craig Shakespeare is to not get dragged into another relegation battle and push for a top 10 finish.

In team news Arsenal are without Sanchez who has an abdominal injury but Ozil starts and Aaron Ramsey is fit enough to be on the bench.

Leicester start with Riyad Mahrez even though the Algerian has asked for a move away with AS Roma continuing to have bids turned down for the mercurial winger, while new signing Harry Maguire starts.

LINEUPS

Arsenal: Cech; Holding, Monreal, Kolasinac; Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette. Subs: Ospina, Mustafi, Coquelin, Iwobi Walcott, Ramsey, Giroud

Leicester City: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs; Albrighton, James, Ndidi, Mahrez; Vardy, Okazaki. Subs: Hamer, Amarety, Chilwell, Gray, King, Iheanacho, Slimani