The Gunners returned to winning ways in the top flight on Sunday afternoon as goals from Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handed the north London side a 2-0 victory at Bournemouth.
That win left Arsene Wenger’s men in third place in the Premier League table and five points behind the Foxes heading into next weekend’s showdown in north London.
Leicester underlined their status as genuine contenders for the Premier League title with a stunning 3-1 victory over Manchester City at Etihad Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
And former Arsenal defender Keown has stressed the importance of Sunday’s game as the Gunners prepare to take on the leaders in north London.
Keown wrote in his column for BBC Sport: “I don’t know if next Sunday will be as free-flowing as that 5-2 game [earlier in the season], which was an absolutely cracking match because Leicester were so open and Arsenal were not going to back down.
“Leicester showed against Manchester City that they have now got the balance right between defence and attack and they protect themselves so much better.
“But if Arsenal score first, then I think it might be another end-to-end game because Leicester will not sit back.
“In that scenario, the Gunners will have to demonstrate that they can defend better than they have done so far this season because, again, I think it is a game that they have to win.”
Arsenal are looking to win the title for the first time since 2004.
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