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Arsenal Vs Leicester City Preview: Talking Tactics, Team News, Predicted Lineups And 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 are hoping to bounce back to winning form in the Premier League when they host Leicester City at Emirates on Sunday. The Gunners are coming on the back of a 2-1 win over Rapid Wien in the midweek Europa League fixture, but things could get trickier against Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City in this weekend fixture.

The Foxes themselves secured a 3-0 win over Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League. However, they have lost their last two league matches against West Ham and Aston Villa respectively. They are in a desperate need of a win, therefore, especially knowing the fact that Arsenal, Wolves and Tottenham Hotspur could move ahead of them in the table by the end of Gameweek 6.

A Tactical Preview Of Arsenal Vs Leicester City

Talking Tactics

Arsenal

Mikel Arteta may once again opt for a four-man backline, especially given the fact that he does have the privilege of shifting to a pendulating back-three which should see the left-back Kieran Tierney joining the two central defenders. Bukayo Saka is set to play in the left-sided midfield role and much like Tierney, he may switch between two positions, though the emphasis will be on attacking the opposition.

Leicester City

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has predominantly used a four-man backline so far this campaign, and that is unlikely to change this time around. Wesley Fofana and Jonny Evans have built a strong defensive foundation, which could be essential as the Foxes look to keep a welcome clean sheet away from home.

Team News

Arsenal

Thomas Partey is tipped to make his starting debut in the Premier League this weekend. However, Arteta is still missing out on the services of key defenders like Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers. Dani Ceballos is also a little doubt, meaning we could expect Granit Xhaka to get the nod in central midfield. The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin and Tierney, meanwhile, are set to return to the starting lineup.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey, Saka; Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

A Tactical Preview Of Arsenal Vs Leicester City - Partey to start.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Thomas Partey of Arsenal warms up during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on October 17, 2020, in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Leicester City

The biggest news for Leicester City heading into this game is that Jamie Vardy could be in contention, though his fitness will be assessed. Cengiz Under, meanwhile, has confirmed that he is ready to start, though he might not be so fortunate to get one, especially with James Maddison also being an option.

Probable Lineup (4-1-4-1): Schmeichel; Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Justin; Mendy; Perez, Maddison, Tielemans, Barnes; Vardy.

Key Men

Arsenal

Aubameyang scored a welcome goal in the midweek fixture over Rapid Wien. The Gabonese international is yet to start his scoring spree in the Premier League this season, so this will be an excellent opportunity for him to extend his tally and get back to a scoring form.

Leicester City

Leicester City, on the other hand, are banking on the services of their star striker in Vardy. The Englishman has missed a few games due to injury but will be roaring to get back on the pitch and help his side break down a relatively strong Arsenal defence this weekend.

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