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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. TwiggsJameson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    Anyone considering Martinez and Macey double up?

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

      Good idea if short of funds however Arsenals next fixtures Spurs (a) Pool (h)

  2. SuperMane Returns
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    Eddie 0 already

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

      May be a -2 actually

      1. Vazza
          6 months, 24 days ago

          That’d be special

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

      Red

    3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Eddie could be off here

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

      REddie?

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        😆

      2. Ady87
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        I lold

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

      Eyes for the ball but it’s very high

    6. Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Got to be a red

    7. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      That looks like a red card. Look at his knee bend.

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

      Nketiah Red card

    9. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 24 days ago

      That's 100% a red lol

    10. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Any intention?

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        It's nasty, but accidental imo.

    11. Firmino
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      100% Red

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

      OMG monitor

    13. SuperMane Returns
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Chris C gone to watch some videobox

    14. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Oh Nikita

    15. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      How many got him?

    16. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Dangerous. Red.

    17. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Nketiah red card after 1 minute.

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

      Good officiating

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

        Took one look

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

          That’s all it needed.

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

            True

            They need to go to the monitor straight away

    19. Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Referee is going to bottle out of giving a red

      1. Van der Faart
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Or not. What do I know.

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

      It's a red, imagine if Justin's leg had been straight or locked

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

        Could have been ugly

    21. SuperMane Returns
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Reddie Nketiah ..... -2 for anyone who played him.

    22. Danstoke82
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Nketiah off after just coming on. Anyone still own him?

      1. moment
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        He's on my daughter's bench, but unlikely to come on...

      2. james 101
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        3rd sub on mine.

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

        Played my bench boost but decided to go Gordon over Nkietah in the end! Phew

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

      Feels harsh.

      But high and late.

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Not harsh then?

      2. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Hells yeah!

    24. Reg83
        6 months, 24 days ago

        who all got nketiah in the starting 11?

      • BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Woo-hoo!

      • TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        So that’s never a red

        1. dark91
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          Oh really? Why is that?

      • Syd.
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Always looks worse in slow motion

      • Zim0
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Oh man i feel bad for nketiah. Felt like he was holding back tears

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

        Get him off the benches!!!

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          This please 😀

        2. DandyDon
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          Would be funny after everyone wanted high scores off their benches last gameweek!