3-4-2-1 – Kolasinac & Lacazette To Start – Arsenal’s Likely Line Up For Leicester City
The 2017/2018 Premier league season starts this Friday with Arsenal who finished 5th last season taking on 2016/2017 season winner Leicester City. The Gunners are odds on to win this match but knowing them, it will not be a surprise if they slip up. I am sure fans up and down the country will be looking to use their william hill free bet to make some money on the customary Arsenal opener slip up.
Last season Arsenal lost to Liverpool at home in a game that ended 3-4 and with key members of Arsenal Wenger team likely to miss the Leicester City clash, it will not be too surprising if Leicester get a point or even the maximum three points from the Emirates on Friday. Arsenal unusually don’t do well on the opening day of the season. Their last opening day win was against Crystal Palace in the 2014/2015 season – they won 2-1 on that occasion.
And with the injury situation not looking good at the Emirates, it is advantage Leicester for this one. The likes of Per Mertesacker, Ramsey, Sanchez are doubts for the match. And it doesn’t stop there. Both Mustaffi and Gabriel are still nursing injuries and out of the clash. Laurent Koscielny on the other hand is suspended for the match.
Leicester city on their own part are likely to be without Vicente Iborra who is said to be suffering from a groin injury while Danny Drinkwater who has been linked with a move to Chelsea recently is certainly out of the match for undisclosed reasons.
How Arsenal is likely to line up
New signings Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette are likely to be handed their Premier league debut. Wenger juding by the preseason games the Gunners played is likely to stick with the 3-4-2-1 formation for the most play of this season. Cech is certainly going to start ahead of Ospina unless something unfortunate happens in training before Friday.
In defence we are likely to see either Bellerin or Chamberlain in the right wing back position. New signing Sead Kolasinac is odds on to start at as the left wing back. With Koscielny, Gabriel and Mustaffi out, Monreal is likely to be given berth at centre back alongside Mertesacker and Rob Holding. Should Mertesacker fail a late fitness test, Calum Chambers or Elneny could replace him.
In midfield we are likely to see Xhaka and Coquelin. Not the type of midfield Arsenal fans will like to see unfortunately the injury situation means Wenger has no choice. With Sanchez out of the match, I forsee an attacking like of Iwobi, Lacazette and Welbeck.