Leicester City vs Arsenal: Three things to look out for
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on September 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The Carabao Cup takes centre stage in this mid-week round of fixtures and on Wednesday Arsenal will travel to the Midlands looking to build on their FA Cup success last term and possibly add another trophy to their cabinet. 

Mikel Arteta's side have started off well this season, having claimed two wins from two in the league against Fulham and West Ham respectively. 

Leicester have also had a good start having beaten both West Brom and Burnley so far. Brendan Rodgers will be looking to build on those results and keep their momentum going as he will have been disappointed by how his team dropped off last term and won't want a repeat of this. 

Here are three things to look out for....

  • Saliba to make his debut? 

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It may finally be time to see Frenchman William Saliba in action; the centre-back was signed from St-Etienne last season but was immediately loaned back to the French club.

Arteta had left him out of the squad against Fulham and West Ham as the Spaniard said he was easing him into the team so this could be the perfect time for Saliba to get a run-out. 

The 19-year-old stands at 6'4 and may well add the defensive steel and aggression that they have been missing over the past few seasons. 

Arsenal fans seem to be excited to see the defender in action as he could well be a potential long term partner to new signing Gabriel Magalhaes, who has excelled in his first two games for the club. 

  • A potential change in formation?

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The Gunners may well change their system against Leicester so they have a 'Plan B' option moving forward in the Premier League. 

Arsenal got caught out down the sides, especially the left-hand side, against West Ham and Arteta won't want a repeat of that against the likes of James Justin, Timothy Castagne and the lightning-quick Jamie Vardy.

With Kieran Tierney a doubt for the game, there may well be doubt about playing Sead Kolasinac in a back three and with limited options, Arteta may switch to a back four to try and keep them more compact. 

  • Nketiah to get a chance to shine?

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Arsenal have an abundance of attackers and with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, you could forgive Eddie Nketiah for thinking he may be left in the dark.

The Carabao Cup could well be the springboard the Englishman needs to thrust himself into the spotlight. After his winning goal over West Ham at the weekend off the bench, Nketiah could be in line to start against Leicester on Wednesday evening. 

Nketiah looks to be the future for Arsenal but with Lacazette currently the first-choice forward, it looks like he will have to wait for his chance for a consistent run in the Premier League but the forward should use the Carabao Cup to prove to Arteta what he is all about. 

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