Arsenal line-ups vs Leicester as Tierney starts, Fabio Vieira on the bench, Smith Rowe decision – Football.London

Arsenal go in search of a first home win of the new Premier League season when they welcome Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Last week, the Gunners’ impressive pre-season form continued as they recorded a hard-fought 2-0 win away at London rivals Crystal Palace in their opening game of the 2022/23 campaign. The win came thanks to Gabriel Martinelli’s first-half header and an own goal from Marc Guehi.

Now the task for Arsenal is to continue down this path, and their chances of recording back-to-back wins have been boosted with confirmation that summer signing Fabio Vieira and Emile Smith Rowe are in contention after missing the victory at Selhurst Park through injury.

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So with a near full-strength squad at his disposal, Mikel Arteta will be facing somewhat of a selection headache when it comes to naming his line-up to face the Foxes as the Gunners go in search of repeating the 2-0 scoreline from the corresponding fixture last season.

Luckily for the Spaniard, football. london’s Arsenal writers Kaya Kaynak, Tashan Deniran-Alleyne, Bailey Keogh and Tom Canton, are on hand to provide their say on who should start at the Emirates.

Tashan Deniran-Alleyne – Arsenal Writer

Mikel Arteta’s biggest selection dilemma is most likely who he names on the bench rather than who he picks to start the game., There’s every chance he could go with the same side that started the win over Crystal Palace, as well as those pre-season friendlies against Chelsea and Sevilla.

But Kieran Tierney’s cameo off the bench last week does give the Arsenal manager a tough decision to make as the Scot did impress after replacing Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back. Comments from the press conference regarding his condition leave me to assume he will start against the Foxes.

With that said, I wouldn’t drop the Ukraine international completely. Instead, he can move into a central midfield role alongside Thomas Partey and captain Martin Odegaard with Granit Xhaka the one to miss out. Other than that, it’s the same side that started at Selhurst Park, with William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka among those to keep their place.

And for the first time in a long while, Arteta will have a strong bench to choose from. As the game will come too soon for Fabio Vieira to start following injury, I expect him to be amongst the substitutes alongside Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah, Nicolas Pepe and Albert Sambi Lokonga.

Deniran-Alleyne’s Arsenal XI vs Leicester City: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Odegaard, Zinchenko; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli

Bench: Turner, Tomiyasu, Holding, Xhaka, Lokonga, Vieira, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Nketiah

Bailey Keogh – The Arsenal Way Writer

After an excellent performance against Crystal Palace in the opening game of the season, it would be strange for Mikel Arteta to alter the line-up. For this reason, he must keep the team how it was.

Despite Takehiro Tomiyasu ready for being ready for selection again, Ben White deserves to start due to how well he performed against Wilfried Zaha in the opening game of the season. William Saliba deserves to start at centre-back following his dominance alongside Gabriel Magalhaes in the season’s opening match.

The midfield currently picks itself with Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka in a more defensive pivot to give the defence the needed protection. Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard was exceptional at home against Leicester last season and must start to replicate that performance potentially.

New signing Gabriel Jesus should lead the line for Arsenal with Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka supporting him from the wing positions giving the Gunners the needed directness in wide areas.

Keogh’s Arsenal XI vs Leicester City: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard; Martinelli, Saka, Jesus

Bench: Turner, Tomiyasu, Tierney, Elneny, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Nketiah, Vieira, Marquinhos

Kaya Kaynak – Arsenal Writer

I wouldn’t look to make too many changes after finding a winning formula last week. For me, Aaron Ramsdale is an obvious pick in goal, and the back four in front of him was very effective last time out.

I think the one change I would make there would be to bring Kieran Tierney back into the side to try and directly attack the right side of Leicester’s defence as much as possible. The Foxes aren’t great at defending aerially either, so I think his crossing could cause problems.

I wouldn’t change the midfield three of Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka or Martin Odegaard, although I’d definitely be looking to bring Fabio Vieira into the fray at some point in the second half.

Up front, I don’t see a need to rush Emile Smith Rowe back when Gabriel Martinelli netted last time out. Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka to the right of him are more obvious picks.

Kaynak’s Arsenal XI vs Leicester City: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli

Bench: Turner, Tomiyasu, Holding, Zinchenko, Lokonga, Vieira, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Nketiah

Tom Canton – The Arsenal Way Writer

If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. It really is that simple for me, and the main discussion should turn to who doesn’t make the squad rather than the starting eleven.

The fact Arsenal have reached this position is an excellent indication of the work going on to strengthen both the first team and the wider group. Mikel Arteta and Edu have worked hard to move on the surplus players deemed not good enough and bring in strength in depth.

With the line-up, the same, and the potential for Emile Smith Rowe, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Fabio Vieira all in with a chance of making it, for me, Cedric Soares and Rob Holding both miss out. Tomiyasu and Kieran Tierney offer enough cover at the back, whilst Mohamed Elneny and Sambi Lokonga offer plenty in the middle for differing options.

Having Nicolas Pepe, Eddie Nketiah, Smith-Rowe and Vieira all available from the bench, suddenly, the attacking options are quite the statement. Arteta has plenty he can choose from in a side that is starting to get everyone talking.

Canton’s Arsenal XI vs Leicester City: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard; Saka, Martinelli, Jesus

Bench: Turner; Tomiyasu, Tierney, Elneny, Lokonga, Smith Rowe, Vieira, Pepe, Nketiah


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