Starting Line up: Leicester City vs Arsenal-Cazorla To Feature After 18 Months

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Arsenal will travel to the King Power Stadium on Wednesday to take on Claude Puel’s Leicester side.

Sunday’s thumping 5-0 success against Burnley guaranteed the Gunners sixth spot in the Premier League and a spot once again in the Europa League during the 2018/19 campaign.

Arsenal are yet to win a single point on their travels in the league in 2018 having lost six successive games away from the Emirates, the latest coming at Old Trafford when they were sunk late on by Manchester United.

The wretched away form is the main reason for Wenger’s side’s struggles this season, although the Frenchman insists there are mitigating circumstances behind the dreadful run of form.

He said: “I must say it was a bit special circumstances that we played the League Cup final, the Europa League quarter-finals and semi-final, so away from home I rotated the team to prepare for the cup games.

“I want to finish with two wins. So we go to Leicester to give absolutely everything to win the game.”

Arsenal’s final training session on Tuesday saw several star names sit things out due to injury.

Mesut Ozil, who missed Sunday’s game due to a back problem, was absent once again and is not likely to play again this season according to Wenger.

Mohamed Elneny has not yet recovered from his ankle injury so he was also absent, as was Laurent Koscielny – who has now undergone surgery after he ruptured his Achilles against Atletico Madrid last week. The Frenchman will now be sidelined for at least six months.

Santi Cazorla did train with the rest of the squad – but the Spanish midfielder will not be considered for selection by Wenger for the games against Leicester or Huddersfield.

The Arsenal boss said: “He will not be able to play in the final game. It’s a shame because I brought him here. I love the player and I love the person.

“He looks quite good. He prepares well, he runs well. He’s physically working very hard. Medically people tell me it’s too much of a risk to rush him back now.

“He had to wait for such a long time, it would be stupid to risk all the hard work he has done in one game.

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