Former Arsenal captain Frank McLintock considers German defender Per Mertesacker a huge liability ahead of Arsenal’s match against Leicester City at the Emirates today.
McLintock who led the North London side to a league and FA Cup double in 1971 and played 403 games for the London club after signing from Leicester, believes topscorer Jamie Vardy will be a massive threat.
“Arsenal have struggled a lot at home,” he told The Herald Scotland .
“If Per Mertesacker is playing, Leicester City will be looking for Vardy coming short off him and then spinning and getting the ball knocked up the inside of him. You would imagine that Arsenal will be the team with problems rather than Leicester.”
A win for the gunners will take them two points within the Foxes on the Premier League log with 12 matches left but the former Arsenal Captain still fancies Leicester winning the title.
“I think they can win the title, yes,” he added. “It will be very difficult but they’ve kept the same team more or less all season.
“If they get two or three key players injured then I don’t know if they will cope with that but, yes, you could put money on Leicester.
“It would be sensational and sensationally good as well.”