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Tierney And Xhaka Return, Partey To Start | Predicted 4-3-3 Arsenal Lineup Vs Leicester City

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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 looking to bounce back to winning form in the Premier League when they lock horns with Leicester City at Emirates on Sunday. The Gunners slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in their last game but did secure a narrow win over Rapid Wien in the midweek UEFA Europa League clash. So Mikel Arteta’s men will be looking to continue their momentum heading into this game.

Predicted Arsenal Lineup Vs Leicester City


Runar Alex Runarsson surprisingly did not start over Bernd Leno in goal this midweek, and that isn’t going to change this weekend either.

Kieran Tierney could return to the fold after starting on the bench in the last game. The Scot might replace Sead Kolasinac at left-back, though he could operate as a left-sided centre-back, depending on the situation.

Gabriel Magalhaes and David Luiz are pretty much guaranteed starters in central defence as the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers remain out on the sidelines. Rob Holding, meanwhile, will be assessed ahead of the match after missing the last two matches due to lack of fitness.

The only other change in defence, therefore, could see Cedric Soares make way for Hector Bellerin at right-back. It will be interesting to see how the Spaniard operates in a more traditional role.

Predicted Arsenal Lineup Vs Leicester City - Bellerin eyeing a return.
Hector Bellerin of Arsenal takes photos on his camera after his teams victory in the Heads Up FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 01, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)


Thomas Partey is pretty much a guaranteed starter in central midfield, especially after making his debut for the club in a starting role in midweek. His physical prowess, efficiency and aggression could help improve Arsenal’s second line of press this weekend.

Dani Ceballos is the likely choice alongside Partey, but with the Spaniard missing the last game due to match fitness, his health will be assessed ahead of the game. Granit Xhaka, therefore, is a favourite to start over Ceballos in this fixture.

As for Bukayo Saka, he should retain his place in the side despite starting the last two matches. His understanding with Tierney could be influential in Arsenal’s overall chance creation.


Arteta is unlikely to deploy Willian in the false nine this time around, considering how much the move failed against Manchester City. So we can expect Alexandre Lacazette to spearhead the Arsenal attack this weekend.

The Frenchman is set to receive additional support from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Willian as the former Chelsea man is set to occupy his usual role at right-wing, ahead of Nicolas Pepe and Reiss Nelson.

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