Arsenal vs. Leicester City: Team News, Form Focus & Likely Line-Ups


If the atmosphere on Sunday afternoon was anything to go by, the Emirates should be absolutely rocking from the recent FA Cup result.

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But despite Arsenal booking their place in May’s final, they’ll step back into the Premier League where results are just as important.

With Liverpool slipping up at the weekend and a Manchester derby tomorrow night, it’s a great chance for the Gunners to pick up three points in the fight for top four.

Arsene Wenger will need more than just a loud crowd tonight though, as Leicester City look to continue their impressive run of form.

Craig Shakespeare’s men were knocked out of Europe last week and will now look to get back into the groove against a nervy Arsenal defence.

Team News


Arsene Wenger confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leaving Wembley on crutches was purely a precaution and is expected to feature against The Foxes.

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Both The Ox and Lucas Perez took part in full training on Tuesday morning, with the latter looking to get his first appearance since picking up a thigh injury.

That news means Wenger’s injury list now features just David Ospina, Shkodran Mustafi and Santi Cazorla, giving him plenty of options in a new 3-4-3 formation.

There was no update on Mustafi’s recovery process during Wenger’s pre-match press conference but the centre back is expected to make the North London derby.

Arsenal Absentees: S. Cazorla (ankle), S. Mustafi (thigh), D. Ospina (back)

Leicester City 

The Foxes will be without their captain and leader, Wes Morgan, as he continues to fight back from a hamstring injury that’s left him out for a week or so.

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Also missing from the squad is summer signing, Islam Slimani, with the forward in the final stages of returning from a thigh strain.

Shakespeare also confirmed that Nampalys Mendy is likely to miss the rest of the season after taking part in surgery.

So other than that, it should be a case of familiar faces from the Premier League champions, with Jamie Vardy likely to lead the line up top.

Leicester Absentees: W. Morgan (hamstring), Slimani (thigh)

Form Focus

Arsenal’s Last 5 Games: DWLWW

The magnifying glass has been firmly pressed against Arsenal’s form recently, but a change in formation has seen the Gunners pull off back-to-back victories.

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Both the fans and pundits have been calling for the Frenchman to have a change of tactics and this could be a last ditch attempt to show he’s capable of reinventing.

The fact is, Arsenal needed a win last Sunday and having booked their spot in the final against Chelsea, will have plenty to play for in the run up.

Not only is it a chance for the team to achieve Champions League football, we’ll see players competing with one another to be in that Wembley starting XI.

Leicester’s Last 5 Games: WLLDD

If you were reading the headlines you’d think Leicester were doing pretty well right about now, but look deeper and you’ll see some issues.

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Although Shakespeare has warned Leicester still aren’t in the clear of relegation, their recent spark of form since sacking Ranieri has been surprising.

They’ll take plenty of confidence from their results against Athletico Madrid, but a win at the Emirates will put them back in the firing line to finish the season.

One thing to bare in mind is The Foxes have leaked seven goals in their last four games, including whitewash 4-2 loss to Everton earlier this month.

Likely Line-Ups

Arsenal (3-4-2-1):

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech

Defence: Gabriel, Koscielny, Holding

Midfield: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xhaka, Elneny, Monreal,

Forwards: Ozil, Alexis, Giroud

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Leicester City (4-4-2):

Goalkeeper: Schmeichel

Defence: Simpson, Banalouane, Chilwell, Fuchs

Midfield: Mahrez, Ndidi, Drinkwater, Albrighton,

Forwards: Vardy, Okazaki

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