Arsenal expected line-up vs Leicester as Mikel Arteta’s side struck by illness

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Mikel Arteta's preparations for Saturday's match between Arsenal and Leicester City have been disrupted by a stomach bug that has already sidelined two players.

As a result, he is likely to have to make changes to his lineup for the match at the King Power Stadium after already seeing a number of players pick up injuries.

Defenders Ben White and Pablo Mari have been affected by the illness and have been absent from training in recent days as a result, with the club fearing the bug may have spread to others in the squad.

With these additional enforced changes, here is how the Gunners are expected to line-up on Saturday.

Aaron Ramsdale is expected to remain in goal ahead of Bernd Leno, having displaced the German as Arteta's first choice between the sticks.

Since coming into the side in September, the former Sheffield United keeper has yet to taste defeat for his new club and has kept three clean sheets in the league.

Fellow new signing Takehiro Tomiyasu will keep his place at right-back having impressed since joining from Bologna on deadline day.

The centre of defence is where the main rotation will occur, with the absences of both White and Mari limiting Arteta's options.

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This will likely mean that Rob Holding will come in for his first league appearance since August, having not played since the 5-1 loss to Manchester City.

He will partner Gabriel, with the Brazilian playing every minute in the league since returning from a knee injury following the September international break.

Kieran Tierney is a doubt once again due to an ankle injury, with Nuno Tavares likely to remain at left-back after a fine display in last Friday's win over Aston Villa.

Fresh from scoring his first Arsenal goal in that win over Villa, Thomas Partey will once again partner Albert Sambi Lokonga at the base of the midfield.

In front of them, an interchangeable front four will again be made up of Bukayo Saka, Alexandre Lacazette, Emile Smith Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Aubameyang and Smith Rowe both scored in the last league match and along with Lacazette and Saka will rotate between the wide and central attacking areas.

Other absentees that Arteta has had to deal with are Martin Odegaard, who is carrying a knock, and Granit Xhaka, who is out until the new year with a knee injury.

Arsenal expected line-up vs Leicester: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, Gabriel, Holding, Tavares; Partey, Lokonga; Saka, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette

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