Arsenal vs Leicester: Pepe Dropped + Two Changes Made in 3-4-3 Formation

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Calum Chambers (knee), Pablo Mari (ankle), Gabriel Martinelli (knee) and Bernd Leno (knee) remain out for the Gunners, while Mesut Ozil (back) faces a late fitness check ahead of Tuesday’s game against Leicester City.

Nicolas Pepe missed the win over Wolves as his partner had gone into labour and, while he could still potentially return against the Foxes, he wasn’t sighted in Monday’s collection of training ground photos, so his availability remains a question mark.

Mikel Arteta has used a wing-back system in the last four matches in league and cup, winning them all, so may again send out his troops in a 3-4-3 at the Emirates in midweek.

Bukayo Saka deputised for Pepe down the right flank against Wolves on Saturday and might continue there, with Reiss Nelson also an option if the versatile Saka is deployed elsewhere or rested.

Alexandre Lacazette could return to the front three as he alternates starts with Eddie Nketiah, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang one of just two ever-presents (along with Shkodran Mustafi) for the north London side since the Premier League resumed in June.

Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka have been the central midfield pairing ever since the switch to a 3-4-3, while Sead Kolasinac has been used as the left-sided centre-half in Gameweeks 32+ and 33+ to allow Kieran Tierney to play further up the flank.

Tierney and Rob Holding are alternatives to the Bosnian in that position, although the former has been running on fumes at times in recent weeks and could himself be in line for a breather.

Hector Bellerin or Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be handed a recall at right wing-back after Cedric Soares’ first start since January at Molineux, with Maitland-Niles also an option in central midfield along with Lucas Torreira and Joe Willock.


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