Arsenal go in search of vital Premier League points when they host high-flying Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Gunners’ bid for European football next season has been boosted by three straight wins in the league – four in all competitions – and they go into tonight’s clash in seventh place.
Mikel Arteta’s side are eight points behind Chelsea in fourth, they are only six behind United a place further back – with fifth place set to earn a Champions League place if Manchester City’s European ban is upheld.
The Champions League race is tight, and a victory for the Gunners over third-placed Leicester would open it even more, so there’s a lot riding on a result tonight.
Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi will again be absent at the Emirates.
Ozil has yet to appear since the restart, while Guendouzi was dropped by manager Mikel Arteta after clashing with Neal Maupay during the defeat at Brighton, and has missed Arsenal’s four-game winning run.
According to The Athletic, Guendouzi has been training alone with a fitness coach after the boss seemingly ran out of patience with his player.
Arteta acould again select Eddie Nketiah ahead of Alexandre Lacazette, while Bukayo Saka, Kieran Tierney, and Dani Ceballos as the manager continues to keep faith with some of his younger players.
Pablo Mari (ankle), Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli and Calum Chambers (all knee) are long-term absentees.
James Maddison and Ben Chilwell are doubts for Leicester.
Midfielder Maddison has a hip problem while England left-back Chilwell has a foot injury.
Arsenal predicted lineup (3-4-3): Martinez, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Xhaka, Ceballos, Tierney, Aubameyang, Nketiah, Saka.