Partey given 1st PL start, Arteta makes 6 changes: Arsenal’s predicted XI vs Leicester – opinion

After avoiding an embarrassing defeat to Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday night, Arsenal return to Premier League action when they entertain Leicester City at the Emirates on Sunday night.

Mikel Arteta’s side have enjoyed a reasonable start to the new season, but have suffered two defeats to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City. And with last season’s high-fliers Leicester making the trip to north London, it will be imperative that the Gunners get back to winning ways in the league.

Thursday’s clash against Vienna saw Arteta rather unsurprisingly ring the changes, but there will be no doubt that he will look to return to his strongest possible eleven for the visit of Brendan Rodgers’ men.

And with that in mind, below is a look at how Arsenal might line up for the game against Leicester on Sunday.

Arsenals potential line up to face Leicester - Partey given 1st PL start, Arteta makes 6 changes: Arsenal's predicted XI vs Leicester - opinion

In goal, Bernd Leno will surely be desperate to make amends for his howler on Thursday night, gifting Vienna a goal after attempting to play out from the back.

The German is the undisputed number one this season at the Emirates follow Emiliano Martinez’s departure to Aston Villa, and there will be no question of Arteta even thinking about dropping him.

In front of him, the likes of Cedric and Sead Kolasinac should make way, with both of them enduring nightmare displays in the Europa League.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Kieran Tierney should come in for the duo, with Arteta once again sticking to his now tried-and-trusted back-five formation.

Ahead of the game against Leicester, the Gunners were boosted with the news that Dani Ceballos is available for selection after missing the previous week through injury.

Whether the Spaniard comes in after Thomas Partey’s impressive showing in mid-week is up for debate, with the former Atletico Madrid man in line for his first Premier League start in an Arsenal shirt. Alongside him, Granit Xhaka will be confident of claiming back his place in the starting line-up.

And with Willian once again missing through injury, Arsenal could field an offensive three of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the left, Nicolas Pepe on the right, and Alexandre Lacazette through the middle.

Predicted XI: Leno; Bellerin, David Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Maitland-Niles; Xhaka, Partey; Aubameyang, Pepe, Lacazette.

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