Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and William Saliba shone on their debuts as Arsenal began the 2022/23 Premier League season in impressive style with a gutsy 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.
Potentially tougher opponents await as the trio target their competitive home debuts for the club: former champions Leicester City finished eighth in 2021/22 and went 2-0 up at home to Brentford on Sunday before two goals in the final 28 minutes earned the Bees a point.
Arsenal’s victory and display at Palace was a tonic after the Gunners were accused of a lack of resilience when they fell out of the Champions League places during the final three matches of last season, as well as going some way to proving that they are in better shape than they were when they began with a 2-0 defeat at Brentford last term.
The visit of the Foxes comes on the anniversary of that dispiriting opener. Can Arsenal mark it by making it two out of two in the new campaign? Here’s how they could start.
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Predicted Arsenal lineup: Gunners starting XI against Leicester
Here’s how Arsenal’s XI could look, in a 4-2-3-1 formation: Ramsdale (GK) — Zinchenko, Gabriel, Saliba, Tomiyasu — Partey, Xhaka — Martinelli, Odegaard, Saka — Jesus.
Which new Arsenal signings could start against Leicester?
Jesus will start up front for Arsenal after an impressive Premier League debut for his new team in the win over Palace, while Zinchenko is likely to keep his place at left-back despite Kieran Tierney returning to fitness.
Creative midfielder Fabio Vieira, who arrived from Porto for £34 million ($41.6 million) in June, has returned to training following a foot problem and could be in contention to start.
Arteta watched winger Marquinhos, 19, shine on his Under-21 debut, contributing a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win over Manchester United. The £3.15m ($3.86m) signing from Sao Paulo is likely to be on the bench.
In the immediate aftermath of the Palace win, Arteta hinted that he is pushing for more signings before the close of the transfer window at the end of August. No new deals had been completed 48 hours before Leicester’s visit.
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Arsenal injury news for Leicester showdown
Ben White was forced to play at right-back at Selhurst Park and so Arteta will be keen to add the returning Takehiro Tomiyasu to his team to give Arsenal a natural right-sided option in their defence.
Emile Smith Rowe and Vieira’s resumption of training has given Arteta more options in midfield.
What was the score between Arsenal and Leicester last season?
Arsenal prevailed 2-0 in both of their meetings with Leicester last season, extending their winning sequence in the fixture to three victories.
Gabriel and Smith Rowe scored within the first 18 minutes at the King Power Stadium in October. Thomas Partey netted in the first half and Alexandre Lacazette added the second after the break in the return game in March.