How Arsenal could line-up against Leicester with Nicolas Pepe returning and Lacazette pushing for start up front

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ARSENAL host Leicester at the Emirates tomorrow night hoping to build on their impressive win at Wolves last time out.

And the Gunners could welcome Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette back into the starting XI after both missed out at Molineux.

Lacazette was benched but came on in the 83rd minute and struck Arsenal’s second goal in their 2-0 win just three minutes later.

And Pepe missed out on the squad altogether as his wife was in labour.

Little is known about Pepe’s partner, with the former Lille star keeping a firm lid on his private life and letting his performances on the pitch do the talking.

But the baby was believed to have been born on Sunday and the talented winger is expected to return against Brendan Rodgers’ side and will likely slot straight back into the starting XI.

Emi Martinez will play in goal in place of injured Bernd Leno.

And in front of him, Arteta could revert to a 4-3-3 formation to accomodate Saka, Lacazette and Pepe despite winning with a 5-2-3 in his last three games.

Hector Bellerin could rotate in at right back ahead of Cedric to give the ex-Southampton man a rest.

The recently improved Shkodran Mustafi and David Luiz will likely play centre-half with Kieran Tierney retaining his place on the left of the four.

With Pepe back and Lacazette pushing for a start, Bukayo Saka may have to drop back into a midfield three alongside Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos.

That will leave Pepe to resume his usual role on the right wing with Aubameyang on the left, either side of Lacazette.

However, if Arteta is keen to stick with the recently successful 5-2-3, Sead Kolasinac could retain his place on the left of three centre-backs.

And Rob Holding could slot in instead of Luiz if the Gunners boss is worried about Jamie Vardy’s pace.

Lucas Torreira was also back in the squad at Wolves and could slot into the midfield alongside Xhaka if Arteta wants to rotate.

This would enable Saka to take up a wingers role from where he scored his first Premier League goal on Saturday.

The latter option would likely see Lacazette benched again and Aubameyang take up the striker spot with Pepe on the right.

Leicester managed their first win since lockdown on Saturday – a 3-0 home win over Crystal Palace.

The Foxes remain third and fighting for a Champions League spot but Arsenal are just nine points behind them in seventh and could close the gap to just six with a win.

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