Mikel Arteta will be desperate to extend Arsenal’s return to form with a fourth consecutive win come Tuesday night, as the Gunners play host to third-placed Leicester City – and the Spanish boss could make as many as three changes.
The Gunners kept their European hopes alive with a stunning 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. Not only was the win crucial in terms of three points, but because it saw one of their direct rivals drop points.
It comes after a league win over Southampton and an FA Cup triumph over Sheffield United beforehand and now Arsenal have the chance to make it four in a row – but face a tough challenge in Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City.
Leicester had been poor following their return to action but ended that with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday – in which Jamie Vardy scored twice, ending his goal drought. Indeed, The Foxes’ tails are up.
Arteta has confirmed that nothing has changed surrouding Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi’s situations, while Pablo Mari, Gabriel Martinelli, Bernd Leno and Calum Chambers remain sidelined for the rest of the Premier League campaign.
However, Nicolas Pepe is likely to return after missing Saturday’s win as his wife gave birth. Alexandre Lacazette could also start up front, after coming off the bench to score Arsenal’s second against Wolves – which may see Eddie Nketiah miss out.
Keeping the same formation but shaking things up, we expect Arteta to make three changes to his Arsenal side to take on Leicester. In come Lacazette, Pepe and Rob Holding, out go David Luiz, Sead Kolasinac and Nketiah – despite scoring nine goals this season, for Leeds and Arsenal.