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Tomiyasu, Aubameyang And Saka All Set To Return | Predicted 4-4-2 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.

After an impressive 2-0 victory over Leeds United in the Carabao Cup, Arsenal are set to resume their Premier League campaign on Saturday, as they take on Leicester City. The Gunners are in good form at the moment, remaining unbeaten since their defeat to Manchester City. However, they have failed to move up the ladder in recent weeks and will require a victory if they are to break into the top six.

Predicted Arsenal Lineup Vs Leicester City

Defence

Mikel Arteta rang in the changes during the midweek encounter against Leeds United. On a positive note, most of the second fiddle players performed well, including Bernd Leno.

However, the German will once again have to settle for a place on the bench, as he makes way for Aaron Ramsdale in goal. In fact, Ben White might be the only player retaining his place in the Arsenal backline this weekend.

The former Brighton & Hove Albion starlet should renew his defensive partnership alongside Gabriel Magalhaes. As for the fullbacks, the resolute right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu is set for a return to the starting eleven while Kieran Tierney appears to be back to full fitness after suffering a knock earlier this month.

The Scotland international is in contention to start this game, ahead of Nuno Tavares and at the expense of Sead Kolasinac at left-back.

Arsenal duo Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 18: Takehiro Tomiyasu and Ben White of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 18, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Midfield

Granit Xhaka remains a long-term absentee for Arsenal, for the time being. And in light of the strenuous fixture list, Arteta had rested both Thomas Partey and Albert Sambi Lokonga in the midweek game.

Both of them are expected to return this weekend, at the expense of Mohamed Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. However, it won’t be surprising to see at least one of them appear as a substitute against Leicester City.

Attack

Moving forward, Arsenal have a great deal of depth in the attacking department. Emile Smith Rowe was surprisingly given a start against Leeds United and is set to retain his place in the side.

The Englishman, though, will have to shift into a wider role, where he will replace Gabriel Martinelli. Bukayo Saka, meanwhile, remains a guaranteed starter on the right, ahead of Nicolas Pepe.

As for the Arsenal frontline, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is destined to spearhead the attack, alongside the industrious Alexandre Lacazette, who is tipped to operate in a more withdrawn role.

Arsenal vs Leicester City

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