Arsenal expected 4-2-3-1 v Leicester: Wenger to make five changes
By Alex Taylor
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could be set to welcome back returning trio Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny for his side’s trip to Leicester this weekend.
The Gunners are preparing to travel to the King Power stadium following their 4-3 loss to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
The three first-team stars have been absent following their respective European Championship campaigns this summer but could all be in line to start the north Londoners’ first away game of the season.
Frenchman Koscielny is likely to partner Calum Chambers at the heart of his team’s defence, despite the 21-year-old’s relatively poor showing four days ago against the Reds.
The consistent Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal should retain their starting places for the weekend’s fixture, with former Chelsea star Petr Cech in goal.
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Granit Xhaka could be in line to make his full debut for the club after appearing as a substitute last weekend and, with Arsenal’s continuing issues in defence, the Switzerland is likely to be joined by Francis Coquelin to protect the back-four in the absence of the injured Aaron Ramsey.
The return of Olivier Giroud at the tip of Arsenal’s attack will mean Alexis Sanchez should return to the left side of the front-four.
Ozil will adopt his natural position in-behind the striker while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks to have done enough to warrant a starting place ahead of Theo Walcott and the injured Alex Iwobi on the right flank.
The 23-year-old former Southampton star made an immediate impact from the bench at the Emirates in Arsenal’s opening Premier League match, scoring a special individual goal just five minutes after coming onto the pitch.
In other Arsenal team news, Wenger is ready to let this young star out on loan to get more first-team football.