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Flamini to keep his place? Arsenal XI that must start v Leicester
Arsenal need to build on their League Cup win over Tottenham when we take on Leicester City at the King Power on Saturday afternoon.This is the side I think Arsene should pick for the game:
Obviously Cech should come back in after being rested last night.
Defence: Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Bellerin simply has to come back in as Debuchy was well off the pace last night. Gibbs fared better but I’d still bring Monreal back in at left-back.
Gabriel is yet to find out [at the time of writing] whether he’ll face a ban for his improper conduct charge but I think he’ll get at least one game from the FA so I expect he’ll be suspended on Saturday.
Therefore, Mertesacker should start alongside Koscielny at the back.
Midfield: Ramsey, Cazorla
Coquelin is a major doubt after picking up a knee injury against Chelsea last week so if he’s ruled out, we have a problem in the middle of the park.
Many fans may call for Flamini to keep his place after his heroics against Spurs but come on, he’s still not the answer. I’d prefer to see Ramsey played in a deeper role alongside Cazorla – who’s set to return from his one-game ban.
Attack: Walcott, Ozil, The Ox, Sanchez
Ozil and Sanchez should obviously get recalls after being rested against Tottenham while I’d like to see Walcott through the middle ahead of Giroud. Leicester are an attacking team and they should leave Theo plenty of space to exploit behind their defence.
The Ox had a decent game last night so I think he should retain his place on the right in an attack that is full of pace.
I really like the look of this side but in reality Arsene will probably stick with Ramsey on the right wing and Arteta/Flamini alongside Cazorla.
Either way, whatever side is put out we should have enough to get a positive result at Leicester and hopefully we can end their unbeaten record.