After suffering a harrowing defeat against Liverpool on the opening day, Arsenal face yet another big test as they travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester. In addition to the defeat, injuries to both Iwobi and Ramsey exacerbated the worries for Arsene Wenger. And with Mertesacker, Gabriel and Welbeck still out, Arsene Wenger won’t be able to field a fully strengthened starting XI.
While Leicester, too, lost their opening game of the season, it only makes them more dangerous coming into this fixture. Moreover, with the uncertainties lingering on the future of Mahrez and Vardy resolved, Claudio Ranieri could focus more on the football once again.
Here is our predicted possible Arsenal lineup to face Leicester City..
For a keeper who conceded more goals than the saves he made against Liverpool, it is safe to say that Petr Cech wasn’t at his best against Liverpool. However, as he has shown time and again during his trophy-laden career, Cech has the ability to bounce back in such a crucial game for the Gunners.
After a summer of being linked with Barcelona, Bellerin’s performance in the only game so far this season wasn’t enough to raise his stock. Thus, while his neck is not on the line, Bellerin has to improve if the Gunners are to starting winning once again.
While he has been much maligned after having a difficult debut against Liverpool, Holding isn’t the only one to take the blame. Having come from the Championship, he was not brought in by Wenger for a spot in the starting XI. Rather, he was brought in as a cover to the likes of Mertesacker and Paulista.
However, with both of them now injured, Holding has to be at his best to salvage his reputation against a fast-paced Leicester side.
With Mertesacker and Gabriel both out, Chambers is all but guaranteed to start against Leicester. Even if Wenger decides to risk Koscielny, the French defender is likely to replace Holding in the Arsenal defense.
If there could be one moment to sum up his game against Liverpool, it was when Mane slalomed past him to bury the ball in the Arsenal net. In addition to the 4th, it was from his side that Liverpool’s 2nd of the night came as Clyne launched the ball for Coutinho to score. Thus, Monreal needs to improve as well in order to stop Mahrez and co.
For people who have watched him playing for Borussia Monchengladbach last season, it was a surprise that Wenger didn’t throw Xhaka into the starting XI against Liverpool. However, now that the French Manager has learned his lessons, Xhaka is expected to get the nod in place of Elneny against Leicester.
There was a time when Arsene Wenger refused to sign a defensive midfielder because of having Coquelin at the helm. However, as indicated by his performance against Liverpool, his place in the first team is no longer 100% guaranteed.
With Elneny and Wilshere looking for the same spot in the Arsenal midfield, Coquelin needs to improve his game in the coming weeks to continue being in the Arsenal Starting XI.
After having a superb summer and a brilliant goal against Liverpool, Chamberlain deserves the chance to start against Leicester.
As suggested by his goal against Liverpool, Walcott still has a lot to give to Arsenal. Moreover, with Ramsey still out, the English midfielder is likely to get his chances for some time now.
Looking at the replacement of Ramsey, Arsene Wenger is likely to go with the Spaniard against Leicester.
Acting upon his mantra of giving players – who took part in EURO 2016, some extra rest, Wenger might rest Olivier Giroud once again. In his place, Sanchez is expected to lead the line for the Gunners.