Partey, Xhaka and Willian to Start in Strongest Arsenal Starting XI vs Leicester

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Rob Holding (hamstring) is out for three weeks and joins Calum Chambers (match fitness), Pablo Mari (ankle) and Gabriel Martinelli (knee) on the sidelines for the clash with Leicester.

Willian (calf) and Dani Ceballos (ankle) will also need to be assessed after missing the win over Rapid Vienna but Shkodran Mustafi returned to full training this week and is available for selection.

Thomas Partey’s excellent full debut in Austria may see him retain his place in the Gunners’ midfield, with a rested Granit Xhaka a possibility alongside him if Ceballos fails to recover.

The fact that Nicolas Pepe lasted 90 minutes on Thursday may have been an indication that Willian will be ready in time for the clash with the Foxes but Pepe, Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson are of course all options if the Brazilian fails to prove his fitness.

Saka has been hugely impressive this season but after back-to-back starts in league and cup, Mikel Arteta could choose to manage his minutes carefully and reintroduce Ainsley Maitland-Niles for the visit of Brendan Rodgers’ troops.

Hector Bellerin, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kieran Tierney will almost certainly return after their benchings in Austria, while one of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah will come into the reckoning through the middle after the curious ‘Willian as a false nine’ experiment of Gameweek 5.

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