Pepe, Torreira To Start As Arteta Makes Changes | Predicted 3-4-3 Arsenal Lineup Vs Leicester City

Predicted Arsenal Lineup Vs Leicester City - Nicolas Pepe is expected to start.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal with the Heads Up logo on his shirt during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on February 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Arsenal will look to extend their winning run to five games in all competitions when they take on Leicester City at Emirates on Tuesday. The Gunners are coming on the back of a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Wolves and have won each of their last four Premier League matches. In fact, they could potentially overtake Wolves with a win over the Foxes this week.

Predicted Arsenal Lineup Vs Leicester City

Defence

It’s high time Mikel Arteta drop Sead Kolasinac from the starting lineup. The Bosnian is not the best of fit in the three-man backline, with Rob Holding being the apparent alternative. However, the Spaniard also has Sokratis at his disposal.

There won’t be any changes elsewhere in the backline though, with David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi putting in excellent performances over the past couple of games. They will look to attain yet another clean sheet this midweek, with the help of Holding, thus forming the three-man backline.

Another critical element in the Arsenal defence is Emiliano Martinez. The Argentine has done exceptionally well since the injury of Bernd Leno. He is, therefore, a guaranteed starter in between the sticks.

Predicted Arsenal Lineup Vs Leicester City - Emiliano Martinez looking to keep another clean sheet.
An NHS logo is displayed on the shirt of Arsenal’s Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on June 25, 2020.  (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Midfield

Arsenal is likely to have one eye on the crucial derby against Tottenham Hotspur on the weekend. We could potentially see a change in midfield, with the fatigued Granit Xhaka being replaced by Lucas Torreira. The Uruguayan international has made his return to the pitch against Wolves and is tipped to earn a start here.

Torreira is set to be partnered by Dani Ceballos, who has emerged as one of Arsenal’s star performers from the last game. Joe Willock is another option for coach Arteta, should he opt for a complete overhaul in central midfield.

Elsewhere, Hector Bellerin is expected to replace Cedric in the right wing-back slot, while Kieran Tierney may get a breather on the opposite flank. That means Bukayo Saka should return to his makeshift left wing-back role.

Attack

Nicolas Pepe is a considerable favourite to start this game, having missed out on the starting eleven for the past two matches. He has been one of the most in-form Arsenal players since the turn of the year and should start at right-wing, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being a guaranteed starter on the opposite flank.

And finally, the Arsenal attack should be spearheaded by Alexandre Lacazette. The Frenchman had made quite an impact after coming on as a late substitute against Wolves and should, therefore, get the nod ahead of Eddie Nketiah in the number nine role.

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.