Premier League: Arsenal vs Leicester City Lineups, Previews, and Prediction

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Arsenal will go up against Leicester City in a Premier League match at Emirates Stadium on August 11. The Gunners secured a victory after a penalty shootout against Chelsea in the FA Community Shield Final at Wembley Stadium. Meanwhile, the Foxes had a 2-1 win in a friendly match against Gladbach at King Power Stadium. Can the Gunners press the Foxes into conceding a victory?

Possible Lineup

Arsenal Starting XI (3-4-2-1)

FW:  Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, Alex Iwobi

MF: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Hector Bellerin,

DF: Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Nacho Monreal

GK: Petr Cech

Leicester City Starting XI (4-4-2)

FW: Jamie Vardy, Islam Slimani

MF: Onyinye Ndidi, Marc Albrighton, Andy King, Riyad Mahrez

DF: Ben Chilwell, Christian Fuchs, Yohan Benalouane, Danny Simpson

GK: Kasper Schmeichel

Key Points

A more balanced Arsenal

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Manager Arsene Wenger is expected to rely on Arsenal’s 3-4-2-1 formation despite Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez’s absence due to injury. Plus, the loss of Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus) has affected Arsenal’s defense significantly. There’s also team captain Per Mertesacker’s retirement which might affect Arsenal’s lineup in their next games.

Arsenal’s 3-4-2-1 formation makes it difficult for their opponents to find openings for a direct attack towards the goal because of the narrow spaces; they also use the limited space to counter press. Plus, they are also keen on disrupting the opponent’s formation by limiting the opposition’s passing options. On offense, the Gunners like to make use of quick passes when they try to create attacks since it’s more convenient in their system.

Leicester City’s defense

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Manager Craig Shakespeare uses the 4-4-2 formation but the absence of starters like Wes Morgan and Robert Huth due to injury might have a huge toll on Leicester’s lineup. However, the Foxes recently signed players such as Harry Maguire and Kelechi Iheanacho who might be of use to their line up in the absence of the said players.

The Foxes’ clever formation suffocates their own half of the midfield on defense resulting to limited passes and a lower chance of conceding goals. If they use their formation aggressively, they might be able to lessen Arsenal’s potent offense. However, the Foxes have been unable to get back in defensive transition from time to time which makes it easier for the opposing team to attempt a continuous attack. On offense, the Foxes like to go for a well-coordinated attack with the use of a decoy.


Leicester City could be in a mismatch against Arsenal especially with the Gunners’ counter attacking style. If the Gunners could continuously press the Foxes on the defense then Arsenal might have this win in the bag.

Outcome: Arsenal 2 – 0 Leicester City


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