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Arsenal Vs Leicester City Tactical Preview: Talking Tactics, Predicted Lineups, Team News & Key Men

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Arsenal host Leicester City at the Emirates on Tuesday, hoping to extend their winning run to five games in all competitions. The Gunners are currently one of the most in-form teams in the Premier League, with their run of three consecutive wins in the league helping them sustain their challenge for a Europa League finish.

For Leicester City, however, things have been slightly different. In fact, the Foxes have been one of the most underperforming teams since the restart. But at the same time, they are coming on the back of a morale-boosting 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, which should give them the confidence needed to take on the in-form Arsenal this midweek.

Arsenal Vs Leicester City Tactical Preview

Talking Tactics

Arsenal

Shifting to a three-man backline has worked wonders for Mikel Arteta in recent weeks, and the Spaniard is more than likely to retain that 3-4-3 setup. The presence of wing-teams in the team has offered more support in the creative unit while the additional defender means that David Luiz has received much more freedom to dictate the game with his passing.

Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers is not really a fan of the three-man backline, which means Leicester City could retain their 4-4-2 formation. However, it could also mean that the fullbacks will have to operate in a deeper role as well as the wingers, who will play a key role in the first line of press.

Team News

Arsenal

Arteta is entitled to make a few alterations this midweek, with the Spaniard having one eye on the crucial north London derby on the weekend. Fortunately for him, he has no fresh injury concerns to deal with, although we could see Rob Holding and Bukayo Saka coming in at the expense of Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney. Nicolas Pepe and Hector Bellerin are also tipped to start.

Arsenal Predicted XI: Martinez; Mustafi, Luiz, Holding; Bellerin, Torreira, Ceballos, Saka; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Arsenal Vs Leicester City Tactical Preview - Lucas Torreira is pushing for a start.
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – JANUARY 27: Lucas Torreira of Arsenal arrives at the stadium prior to the FA Cup Fourth Round match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal at Vitality Stadium on January 27, 2020 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Leicester City

Rodgers could face a massive blow in this fixture with the injury of Ben Chilwell. The left-back took a knock against Crystal Palace and might not return in time, potentially joining James Maddison on the sidelines. There is a chance, however, that both could feature against Arsenal this midweek.

Leicester City Predicted XI: Schmeichel; Justin, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Praet, Ndidi, Tielemans; Ayoze Perez; Iheanacho, Vardy.

Key Men

Arsenal

Alexandre Lacazette made a huge difference when coming on as a substitute against Wolves. Ever since the restart, the Frenchman has shown terrific work-ethic and tremendous determination, especially with Eddie Nketiah pushing for a place in the first-team. With Arteta likely to ring in the changes, Lacazette could be Arsenal’s key man heading into this fixture.

Leicester City

Leicester City are undoubtedly relying on their star man Vardy to provide the goods as they look to oust Arsenal this midweek. The English international scored a brace against Palace, simultaneously scoring his 100th goal in the Premier League on the weekend. Having already netted 21 goals this term, he is certainly the danger man for Arsenal.

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