Ozil and Torreira to start? – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Arsenal line-up to face an in-form Leicester City

Leicester City vs Arsenal prediction: Arsenal line-up

Arsenal have won just once in their last five outings and nothing less than a win against Leicester City would inspire their confidence to make it into the top four of the League. Meanwhile, the Foxes have regrouped themselves and have won 7 of their 11 league games so far.

Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Vitoria SC in the Europa League has seen them extend their winless streak to four games. It is a worrying sign for the fans who are not content with Unai Emery’s performances.

According to the Express, the fans have expressed their feelings for the Spaniard to be sacked.

Unai Emery
Unai Emery

Arsenal’s defensive woes seem to be the main concern for Unai Emery. The Gunners have conceded seven in their last three games despite leading in all three games.

With the game against Leicester coming up, given their solid performance and Jamie Vardy’s instinctive finishing ability, Emery must try to make a mark by seeking help from his defensive unit.

Team News

Reiss Nelson, Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos are likely to be out of the squad for the Premier League clash.

Nelson is sidelined as he is recovering from a knee injury and can be expected to return in the coming weeks. Ceballos was substituted in the second half against Vitoria SC after picking up a muscle injury.

Reiss Nelson
Reiss Nelson

The Swiss International was recently stripped of his captaincy after an outburst with the fans and is not expected to feature against Leicester City.

Predicted XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Bernd Leno (GK)

The German International has featured in all the Premier League fixtures so far and he is expected to keep his place. Leno has just two clean sheets from eleven matches and has conceded fifteen goals.

Calum Chambers (RB)

Chambers has been picked ahead of Hector Bellerin for most of the games in the league and he is expected to start at right-back.

 Sokratis Papastathopoulos (CB)

Sokratis has been a mainstay in Arsenal’s defence since his arrival at North London. Emery will be expecting a shift in his performance. He could retain his spot. The defender also has a goal to his name in the league.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos
Sokratis Papastathopoulos

David Luiz (CB)

After Koscielny’s departure, the Brazilian was roped in to fill the void and his experience can be immensely decisive. The fans are yet to witness the best from him. He could partner Sokratis in defence and the pair will be hoping to keep a clean sheet.

Kieran Tierney (LB)

After returning from injury, Tierney has shown signs of improvement. His performances have put Kolasinac to the bench. He is expected to start and help the team with his forward runs.

Matteo Guendouzi (CDM)

The youngster has been impressive this season. The 20-year-old already has two assists to his name in the league. His work rate on the field has been outstanding. A regular starter, he is sure to be picked.

Matteo Guendouzi
Matteo Guendouzi

Lucas Torreira (CDM)

In the absence of Xhaka, Torreira could start for the Gunners. He could be deployed as a deep-lying midfielder in front of the backline.

Nicolas Pepe (RW)

After a slow start to his Arsenal career, Pepe has come into frame lately. His two sublime free-kick goals against Vitoria SC in the Europa League showed he can change the game at any time. He could start.

Mesut Ozil (CAM)

An out-of-favour Ozil can prove to be vital for this team. His display against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup was encouraging. He should be picked ahead of others.

Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (LW)

He is a sure starter for the Gunners and last year’s Golden Boot winner will try to maintain his goal-scoring prowess.

Alexandre Lacazette (ST)

Injuries have troubled him this season and his return could be a booster for the team. Lacazette deserves to start.

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