Leicester v Arsenal: Pick Your Lineups

Written by Edward Pitt

February 27, 2021

On Sunday Arsenal have a potentially huge, must win game in the league. Whilst Arteta will be focused on the Europa League, he will still hold out hope of climbing up the league positions. A victory would keep our European hopes alive, defeat pretty much rules out getting European football next season through the Premier League. Leicester always promises to be tough fixture, though I’m optimistic that Arsenal can claim all 3 points. Here is how I think we should line up, but let us know what you think the best lineup would be…

LENO: I actually wouldn’t be too mad at seeing Ryan given another game, but ultimately I doubt Leno is in desperate need for rest and he is the best goalie at the club. It makes sense to go with Leno

CEDRIC: Partly to give Bellerin a rest, and partly to reward Cedric for some positive performances recently. I think he is just a bit more comfortable in the final third compared to Bellerin

HOLDING: Luiz has done well in the absence of Holding, but he should have fully recovered from his concussion last week now. I think that Holding is perhaps the most consistent at the club

GABRIEL: It’s about time we start seeing our best partnership again. Because of injuries to Holding and Gabriel, we haven’t really seen them have a run in the side together for a while. But I think on their day they are probably our strongest pairing at centre back

TIERNEY: He was so impressive against Benfica and is just returning from injury. To me, that means play him and let him build up some more match fitness and match sharpness

PARTEY: In a similar respect to Tierney, he is only just coming back from injury and could do with some match time. If we can win the midfield battle against a side like Leicester, there’s a good chance that we will win the game

CEBALLOS: I wouldn’t mind seeing Xhaka and Partey continue their partnership, but I also want to see what Ceballos and Partey can do together. Ceballos made a couple of nearly fatal mistakes against Benfica. The best way to get his confidence back up is to let him prove himself again on the pitch, because before the Benfica game I thought he had been quite impressive since his injury

SAKA: Arteta was talking about how Saka has not had a rest in months. The trouble is right now we can’t really afford to rest him. For this game at least, I think we need Saka. Then next up is Burnley which perhaps represents a more suitable opportunity to give him a rest

SMITH ROWE: The left doesn’t really seem to be suiting him. I’d love to see him playing behind the striker again, continuing his link up play with Saka and Lacazette

AUBAMEYANG: If Tierney weren’t back in the side, there’s no way I would want to see Aubameyang on the left. But I think with the width that Tierney provides, Aubameyang will be able to just stay as a left forward in the left channel which is where he tends to drift when starting upfront anyway. Plus, playing like this allows us to use Lacazette through the middle which will ultimately help us get the best out of Smith Rowe and Saka

LACAZETTE: For some reason he has been missing out recently and I’m not really sure why. He was scoring goals, but more importantly he was the glue keeping our entire attack together. He drops in, lays it off and then spins in behind. It really helps us tick in the final third and is perfect for a player like Smith Rowe who likes to play with few touches

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