Arsenal will be aiming for a 10-match winning streak for only the sixth time in their history when they entertain Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. The north London side have exceeded their expectations with a bright start under new manager Unai Emery and they have the opportunity to reclaim a top-four spot by securing three points against the Foxes.
Bernd Leno has featured for the Gunners in each of the previous two Premier League matches and this has come about after Petr Cech being sidelined with a hamstring problem. Cech is expected to have a late fitness test ahead of the Foxes clash but based on the recent continuity, Emery may probably continue with the Germany international between the sticks.
Likewise, the Spanish tactician may not fancy tinkering with the defensive lineup from the previous outing at Craven Cottage. In this case, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal are certain to feature on the right and left side of the defence with Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi slotting into the heart of the backline ahead of Sokratis, who remains a doubt with an ankle injury sustaining on international duty with Greece.
In the midfield, Lucas Torreira has got the nod over Mateo Guendouzi in three straight Premier League matches and we are backing him to retain his position as he is better equipped with the defensive side of his game than his teammate, who has been guilty of drifting away regularly from his position. Alongside Torreira, Granit Xhaka should certainly start as he has done in each of the opening eight league matches.
In the attack front, we are anticipating a near overhaul of the combination from the previous game at Craven Cottage. Alex Iwobi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Welbeck were the players handed surprise start during the 5-1 mauling of Fulham earlier in the month but the trident could find themselves dropped to the bench with Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returning to the starting XI.
Ramsey, who netted probably the goal of the season against Fulham, should take up the number 10 role whilst Aubameyang and Ozil appear likely to slot into the left and right side of the Gunners attack. Alongside them, Alexandre Lacazette should feature as the main centre-forward with his rich vein of form, which has witnessed him score four goals in the space of five matches across all competitions.
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