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Nicolas Pepe to return as Alexandre Lacazette decision made – Arsenal predicted XI vs Leicester

Arsenal will look to make it five wins in a row in all competitions when they welcome Leicester to the Emirates on Tuesday.

With a north London derby looming, Mikel Arteta will be tempted to rotate his side, but the Gunners boss must surely keep his line-up relatively settled for what will be a tough game at the Emirates in midweek.

The impressive win over Wolves has given the Gunners a real sniff of catching those above them, but they will surely have to take maximum points against Brendan Rodgers’ side, who are desperate to keep their own Champions League hopes on track, after beating Crystal Palace on Saturday to stay third.

For Arsenal, a back three of David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi and Kieran Tierney should be picked, with Sead Kolasinac dropping out.

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Hector Bellerin should come back into the team in place of Cedric, who made his first start against Wolves.

Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos have been mainstays for Arteta and there is no reason to change the pairing, whilst Nicolas Pepe could return to the team after missing the weekend after his partner gave birth. His return then allows Bukayo Saka to drop back to left wing-back.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starts and captains the side, whilst Eddie Nketiah should be allowed to keep his place, with Alexandre Lacazette again missing out.

Speaking ahead of the game, Arteta said he hopes his side can keep their excellent form going.

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“Well now we are in a good run, we got some momentum,” he said during his pre-match press conference.

“Now we get to the crucial point of the season where we’re going to face the top teams in the next two weeks.

“We just try to get prepared as well as we can, we know how important these games are going to be for the future of the season so we are very focused and committed to try to do as well as we can.”

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He added: “I think we have to win every game and then wait and pray. It’s not about a game, we need to go game by game.

“A few weeks ago we were really far from thinking about Europe and we are a little bit…