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[Image] Key trio to return, Ceballos misses out – My Arsenal line-up vs Leicester

By on October 23, 2020

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Arsenal get back to Premier League action when we take on Leicester City at the Emirates on Sunday night. This is the team I’d like to see Mikel Arteta select for the game…

Bernd Leno had a nightmare against Rapid Vienna and it’s safe to say he needs to work on his distribution but obviously he’s still going to keep his place between the sticks. Alex Runarsson isn’t ready to compete for the No.1 shirt anytime soon.

Gabriel was outstanding in the Europa League win on Thursday so he’ll keep his place while David Luiz should also start as Rob Holding has been ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring injury.

Kieran Tierney was rested for Arsenal’s game against Rapid Vienna so he’ll come back into the back three with Sead Kolasinac making way after another below average performance last time out.

Cedric Soares had another uninspiring outing last night so it will be good to have Hector Bellerin back on the right flank while I hope Bukayo Saka keeps his place on the left – although I wouldn’t be surprised if Ainsley Maitland-Niles starts.

Thomas Partey! What can I say….what a full debut! He’s going to be a colossal player for Arsenal and I hope Arteta sticks with him against Leicester as we’ll be a weaker team without him. The boy has everything.

Dani Ceballos could be back after missing the trip to Austria with a bruised ankle but it may be prudent to go with Granit Xhaka alongside Partey for now. I’m not sure what Arteta’s long-term vision is in midfield [apparently he wants to go 4-3-3] but I do like the idea of Partey-Ceballos eventually, if he sticks with two in the middle.

Obviously Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be recalled to the starting eleven after coming off the bench to seal the win for Arsenal on Thursday night. Eddie Nketiah will make way after a disappointing outing against Vienna.

Nicolas Pepe did alright in the Europa League win and he set-up the equaliser but I still think he’s capable of doing a lot more. Willian missed the Vienna game with a knock but hopefully he’s passed fit to return on the right wing for Arsenal.

Alexandre Lacazette was poor last night and he doesn’t look fully fit to me but he’s probably still a better option that Nketiah so I’d stick with the Frenchman.

This would be my Arsenal XI vs Rapid Vienna:

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6 Comments

  1. Donald

    October 23, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    Come on! Again you skip on Elneny, why? hasn’t he proved he’s better in a deep role, he’s the strongest and most stable partner to Partey, Arteta should now get a playmaker or use Ceballos and xhaka who can play a Lampard role in this case and be more effective in a AM role and can fall if need be, ther both can provide creativity and both ceballos and xhaka can shoot from range, that’s my thought, besides the games Elneny never played his loss was heavily felt

    • Chris

      October 23, 2020 at 11:34 pm

      Exactly samething I was gonna say about elneny this guy had a great performance and nobody seems to give him his ratings he setup the 2nd goal

  2. Daniel

    October 23, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Leno and Luiz have been the cause of many goals against arsenal. We shouldn’t have let Martinez go. Our defence leaks from David Luiz’s childs play with Leno trying to build from the 18. Arteta needs to bring on his subs in good time to be more effective. By the 60th minute he ought to have made up his mind.

  3. Stephan Larose

    October 24, 2020 at 4:27 am

    Pepe way better than useless Willian. Don’t pair Xhaka with Partey, we need offense and creativity. You don’t win games playing overly cautiously and hyper defensively.

    • Opsy

      October 24, 2020 at 9:05 am

      This is what we call “mumu” selection in Nigeria palance. Who choses Xhaka over Elneny? Smh 🤦🤦🤦

  4. Kimakoti steven

    October 24, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    I ozil back in the squad

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