Arsenal face Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, hoping to keep their winning run going and push for the European places.

Arsenal's Spanish head coach Mikel Arteta (L) high-fives Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka (R) as Saka goes off substituted during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on July 4, 2020. (Photo by Michael Steele / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta (L) high-fives Bukayo Saka (R) on July 4, 2020. (Photo by Michael Steele / POOL / AFP)

Realistically, the race for the Champions League is beyond Arsenal’s grasp. Still, the only way they can have an outside chance is by beating Leicester City on Tuesday.

The away side are the only ones looking shaky enough to drop out of the top four. Particularly as they still have Spurs, Manchester United and Sheffield United still to play after Arsenal. But they have a nine-point lead on the Gunners, so that has to drop to six.

Perhaps more importantly, Arsenal need to try and maintain their position in seventh or above to at least secure Europa League football. The fans may not like it, but the money is too important right now.

There are encouraging recent signs for Mikel Arteta’s side, after four straight wins including away victories at Southampton, Sheffield United and Wolves. Let’s have a look at our predicted lineup as Arsenal try to keep that going.

Goalkeeper

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Emiliano Martinez of Arsenal holds the ball during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal FC at Molineux on July 04, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mike Egerton/Pool via Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Emiliano Martinez of Arsenal holds the ball on July 04, 2020. (Photo by Mike Egerton/Pool via Getty Images)

No surprises here, Emi Martinez will start. Bernd Leno is still at least a few weeks away, Matt Macey will make the bench.

Centre-Backs

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Shkodran Mustafi and Raul Jimenez battle for the ball on July 04, 2020. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

This is probably the hardest part of the team to predict. Based on the last three games, Sead Kolasinac, David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi will start, but how long can that last? They presumably can’t start every single game of the upcoming run.

But it’s tough to predict how Mikel Arteta might rotate. Whilst Kolasinac is probably the first to go based on form, he’s also arguably the most vital to the setup, as a left-footed centre-back on the left.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos is available, but after four appearances on the bench, he is up to one minute of football on the pitch. Arteta clearly isn’t his biggest fan. Similarly, Rob Holding dropped out as soon as Luiz returned.

For now, we’ll continue to assume the first-choice trio will start again. But with the North London derby coming up at the weekend, it’s really difficult to say for sure.

Midfield and Wing-Backs

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Mexican striker Raul Jimenez (R) and Arsenal's Scottish defender Kieran Tierney (L) chase the ball during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on July 4, 2020. (Photo by Michael Steele / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by MICHAEL STEELE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Wolves striker Raul Jimenez (R) and Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney (L) chase the ball on July 4, 2020. (Photo by MICHAEL STEELE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Similar to the centre-backs, Arsenal clearly have a first-choice midfield pairing (Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos), and it’s just a case of waiting to see when they get rests.

Xhaka is crucial to Arsenal’s current setup and rarely seems to need a break, so he’ll probably start anyway. It’s a bit of a toss-up between Ceballos and Joe Willock at this point, but Ceballos did come off early in the last game, so he’ll likely start too.

Lucas Torreira is fit, but I’d expect a few more substitute appearances before starts.

Kieran Tierney also came off early against Wolves, so he should start this one at left-wing-back. Hector Bellerin will probably come back in for Cedric Soares on the right.

Forwards

Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette (R) celebrates scoring their second goal with Arsenal's English midfielder Joe Willock (L) during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on July 4, 2020. (Photo by MIKE EGERTON / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by MIKE EGERTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette (R) celebrates scoring with Joe Willock (L) on July 4, 2020. (Photo by MIKE EGERTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

After scoring against Wolves, Alexandre Lacazette probably earned another chance in the starting lineup for this one. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should start on the left, though I’d expect him to come off early with Spurs in mind.

After the birth of his child, Nicolas Pepe can slot back in on the right. That leaves the young trio of Eddie Nketiah, Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson on the bench for this one.

Predicted Lineup

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