Arsenal travel to Leicester City on Saturday needing a win to cut the six-point gap to the third-placed side after poor recent form for Unai Emery’s side in all competitions.
Since Arsenal’s last Premier League win, they’ve lost to Sheffield United, scraped past Vitoria in the last minute at home, drawn with Crystal Palace, Wolves and Vitoria away, and been eliminated from the League Cup by Liverpool.
That’s one win, three draws and two defeats (one on penalties) in the last six games, despite taking the lead in five of those matches.
Up next are Leicester City, who have won four in a row scoring 16 and conceding two. It’s fair to say this match could be a defining one for Unai Emery in his role as head coach.
Let’s have a look at our predicted lineup for the match.
Bernd Leno will come back in after Emi Martinez featured in the Europa League in midweek.
We’re assuming Unai Emery switched to a three-at-the-back system on Wednesday with this game in mind. It seems likely Sead Kolašinac, Hector Bellerín and Calum Chambers were all rested so the former two could play as the wing-backs whilst Chambers played in a back-three.
Assuming that’s the case, there are two other centre-back spots available, and David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos should fill them. Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi will be rested, whilst Kieran Tierney will drop back to the bench after playing 90 minutes in midweek.
It seems unlikely after Unai Emery’s midweek comments that Granit Xhaka will return to the starting lineup. Dani Ceballos is seemingly out injured and Emile Smith Rowe has a tight calf, whilst Joe Willock started on Wednesday.
As a result, the remaining midfielders to play as a three are Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Özil. It’s arguably Arsenal’s best midfield at the moment anyway, which they’ll need to have any chance against Leicester.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette should start. Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pépé all played on Wednesday, whilst Reiss Nelson is only just back from injury and probably not ready for this game.