Zinchenko and Nketiah dropped: 4-3-3 Predicted team vs Leicester
The Gunners will be looking to secure another triumph on the road on Saturday as they visit Leicester City in the Premier League.
Arsenal’s mental strength as title contenders was severely tested last weekend as Aston Villa came close to beating them, only for a remarkable second half comeback to seal a vital 4-2 win.
Mikel Arteta will be expecting a more assured performance from his side this time, especially defensively, where the absence of Partey has proven to be very noticeable in recent games.
At the back, Ramsdale is bound to keep his place in goal while Gabriel and Saliba start at centreback. However, at left-back is where there should/could be a rotational change with Tierney coming in for Zinchenko.
The Ukranian did score at Villa Park, but in all honesty, it was another flimsy show when it came to defending from him, as Emery’s side had lots of joy attacking the flank supposed to be guarded by Arsenal’s leftback. Zinchenko’s versatality in pushing into midfield has often left his position exposed while isolating either Trossard or Martinelli on the left wing.
White – another man who needs to improve his defensive form – should start again while Jorginho and Xhaka start in midfield. It has to be said that the pair will need to offer more protection for the back four than they did at Villa Park.
Odegaard and Saka are bound to retain their spots in attack, while Trossard should get another chance to show what he has to offer on that left wing.
The final change should see Martinelli come in for Nketiah, who is starting to look leggy and fatigued after so many starts on the bounce in all competitions.
This change upfront is meant to try the other option Arteta had when Jesus got injured. Martinelli did feature as a centre-forward in his debut season and this might be a good time to see what he can bring to the team from that position.
White – Saliba – Gabriel – Tierney
Xhaka – Jorginho
Saka – Martinelli – Trossard