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Arsenal and Leicester retain three-man backlines for Emirates clash

Mikel Arteta and Brendan Rodgers have kept faith in their respective clubs’ recent switches to a three-man defence for their Emirates Stadium meeting on Tuesday evening.

Arsenal have now been operating in 3-4-3 since Gameweek 31+ winning every match since then without conceding a goal.

As has been the case throughout that run, Sead Kolasinac (£5.2m) sits in the back-three, joined there by David Luiz (£5.7m) and Shkodran Mustafi (£5.1m).

That means Kieran Tierney (£5.3m) and Hector Bellerín (£5.3m) are handed wing-back roles one again, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) and Bukayo Saka (£4.7m) flank Alexandre Lacazette (£9.2m) in the front-three.

As Mason Greenwood‘s (£4.6m) stock continues to rise, Eddie Nketiah (£4.4m) Fantasy credentials are still travelling in the opposite direction. After blanking in the Gameweek 33+ win over Wolves, the former Leeds loanee has been named on the bench for the second time in three matches.

Leicester’s back-three is the foundation for a slightly different shape, featuring Jamie Vardy (£9.7m) and Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.7m) at the front of a 3-4-1-2 formation.

Changing to this system played a big part in the Foxes’ 3-0 win over Crystal Palace last time out, a game in which both of their centre-forwards found the back of the net.

Ayoze Pérez (£6.1m) supports them in a number 10 role tonight with James Justin (£4.7m) and Marc Albrighton (£5.1m) acting as the left and right wing-backs respectively.

That means Ben Chilwell (£5.6m) and James Maddison (£7.4m) have not passed their fitness tests in time, while Harvey Barnes (£6.0m) is named among the substitutes for the fourth match in a row, despite his two assists against Palace.

Arsenal XI: Martínez; Kolasinac, D Luiz, Mustafi; Tierney, Xhaka, Ceballos, Bellerín; Aubameyang, Lacazette, Saka.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Söyüncü, Evans, Bennett; Justin, Tielemans, Ndidi, Albrighton; Pérez; Vardy, Iheanacho.

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1,215 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    C’mon Leicester

  2. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    Party time

  3. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    Noooooo. Arsenallll. Don't loseeee

  4. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    Yessssss

  5. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    FFS ! NKETIAH you idiot

    1. Bossworld
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Dial-up?

  6. Wild Rover
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    Offside

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      wait no

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Confirmed?

    3. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Ok I think

  7. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 24 days ago

    var go awayyyyy, everytimee

  8. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    Damn.

  9. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    Arseanl CS GONEEEE

  10. Right In The Stanchion
      6 months, 24 days ago

      The collapse has started. Thanks Eddie.

    • DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Get the ruler out time!

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Bore off Vardy

    • J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Get in there my son !!!!

    • HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Martínez second week in a row on my bench
      Ffs

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Hey?

    • Bossworld
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Gan on Vardy lad

    • Vazza
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Let’s partyyyyyyyy

      • Danstoke82
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        VAR checking. Looks fine to me

      • The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Looks off

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          Perez touched it

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            Given anyway, no clear evidence

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Interferes.

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Party!

      • ZoumasBloomers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Martinez and Nketiah owner. Rough night.

        1. Noah’s Ark
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          Tough going

      • KDB4PREZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 24 days ago

        As a Vardy and Martínez owner iv no idea what I want

      • Niho992
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Perez touch it

      • Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Foenekrntognene dammit Vardy.
        Bottled getting him in for Jimenez/Rashford this week

      • Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        VAR back again to ruin another goal

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        VARchester United FC.

      • Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 24 days ago

        VAR is jsut a massive conspiracy vs me I swear

      • SAY MY NAME
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        vardy.

      • RECKLESS
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Vardy is back..Now one more week to keep for Bou match...maybe even captain potential

      • ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        May take a while