Arsenal strongest 4-2-3-1 v Leicester: Key midfielder starts
By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Francis Coquelin is in contention to make his first Arsenal start in the Premier League in nearly three months this weekend.
The midfield enforcer made his comeback in the FA Cup win over Burnley a fortnight ago, playing 71 minutes of the Gunners’ 2-1 win.
Coquelin made way for Mathieu Flamini in the subsequent league matches against Southampton and Bournemouth, although the 24-year-old did make substitute appearances in both games.
Arsene Wenger is now weighing up whether to start Coquelin against league leaders Leicester at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. In the absence of Coquelin and Santi Cazorla over the last two months, Flamini and Aaron Ramsey have been the first-choice central midfield partnership.
However, Coquelin is highly regarded by Wenger and if he is deemed match fit after his gradual reintroduction into the team, Flamini might make way.
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In the attacking midfield positions, Wenger is likely to choose one of Theo Walcott, Joel Campbell and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored his first every away goal for Arsenal last weekend, to support key pair Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean scored a hat-trick when the two sides played in the reverse fixture in late September, which Arsenal won 5-2.
Arsenal (possible): Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Ramsey; Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud.