Arsenal expected XI vs Leicester as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could miss out

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is set to make changes for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Leicester – and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could drop to the bench.

But Thomas Partey could be in the starting line-up as the Gunners make the trip to the King Power Stadium.

Arsenal face Leicester targeting just a second win in six top-flight games, having lost three of their last four.

By contrast, Brendan Rodgers’ side have won three of their last four league games, and will go second if they beat the Gunners ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Chelsea later in the day.

Arteta’s side will have to be at their best to get a result from the Midlands, even with the Foxes missing star player James Maddison, who is sidelined with a hip problem.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could miss out despite his midweek heroics
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Partey looks set to start in midfield after making his latest comeback from injury when he came off the bench in Thursday’s Europa League win over Benfica.

The Ghana international has not started since the beginning of February due to a hamstring issue, but will reprise his partnership with Granit Xhaka which Gunners fans have seen all too little of due to Partey’s injury problems.

Partey’s return will give Arsenal’s engine room more dynamism, but elsewhere Arteta may have to rest players following a heavy workload recently.

Aubemayeng, Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka have all played four matches in 12 days, and are due a break.

Thomas Partey could start after making his comeback from injury against Benfica
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Thursday’s two-goal hero Aubemeyang could be replaced by Alexandre Lacazette as the focal point of the attack, while Emile Smith Rowe can slot in for Odegaard.

However, Saka is the Gunners’ best player at the moment and he will be needed to help break down Leicester’s defence.

Nicolas Pepe could come in on the opposite flank to…