Key Gunners Trio Fit To Start: Predicted Arsenal XI To Face Leicester

By on August 10, 2017

Arsenal kick off the new 2017/18 campaign when they host Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Friday evening. 

Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Wenger will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech has carried over his fine form from last year in to pre-season as he’s produced some fine displays recently so I see no reason to think Wenger won’t stick with him as his number one in the Premier League. David Ospina will therefore have to make do with a place on the bench.

Defence: Laurent Koscielny is out due to suspension after being sent off against Everton in the final league game of last season while Gabriel has also been ruled out due to a knee ligament injury suffered in the same game.

To make matters worse, Shkodran Mustafi is a doubt as he’s still not match fit after returning to pre-season training late following his participation at the Confederations Cup.

Thankfully, Per Mertesacker was able to train today and could start despite being forced off against Chelsea last weekend with a nasty cut above his eye. Nacho Monreal will have to be deployed on the left-side of the back three while Rob Holding is almost certain to retain his place in the defence.

Midfield: Sead Kolasinac is expected to make his full competitive debut after coming off the bench to score during the Community Shield win over Chelsea while Hector Bellerin should retain his place on the right. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would therefore have to make do with a place on the bench.

Aaron Ramsey is in contention after returning to training following a calf injury that kept him out of the Community Shield and he could line-up alongside Granit Xhaka.

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Attack: Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out of the game tomorrow with an abdominal injury but Mesut Ozil is expected to start after training today having recovered from an ankle injury.

Club record signing Alexandre Lacazette is set to make his competitive debut at the Emirates as he should lead the line up front with Olivier Giroud named among the substitutes.

Danny Welbeck appears to be favourite ahead of Theo Walcott for a place in attack while Alex Iwobi may also have to make do with a place on the bench.

Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:

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