Arsenal Team News & Probable XI vs Leicester – Star Duo Face Late Fitness Tests, Playmaker Trains With Team

Mesut Ozil smiling
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - OCTOBER 04: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Qarabag FK and Arsenal at on October 4, 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Arsenal take on Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Monday in the Premier League hoping to extend their win streak to 10 games.

Gunners manager Unai Emery could welcome back three star names heading into the clash.

Mesut Ozil is almost certain to be part of the match day squad. The playmaker of Turkish origin has recovered from back spasms which ruled him out of the 5-1 win over Fulham before the international break.

Ozil trained with the team in their last session.

Petr Cech meanwhile has returned from his hamstring injury and Sokratis Papastathopoulos has recovered from an ankle injury he picked up during Greece’s 2-0 loss to Finland.

Both players will however, face late fitness tests to determine whether they will make the team.

England international Danny Welbeck has recovered from his hamstring issue and is available but will likely play second fiddle to Lacazette upfront.

Aubameyang and Ozil – if fit – are almost certain to start.

Emery faces a tough test over who to start with Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan available.

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles is available after fracturing his leg during the home defeat by Manchester City earlier in the season but is not likely to make the starting lineup.

Instead Torreira and Xhaka are expected to get the nod.

The defence is likely to be comprised of Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding with Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal as full-backs.

Expected Arsenal starting XI: Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Monreal, Torreira, Xhaka, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Lacazette.