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Jamie Vardy or Olivier Giroud?.

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Arsenal host table toppers Leicester City this Sunday in a clash likely to shape this season's Premier League.

Claudio Ranieri's modestly assembled squad have taken English football by storm this year, establishing a five-point lead over second place with just 13 league games remaining.

However, how many of The Foxes would make it into Arsene Wenger's team?

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Goalkeeper: Petr Cech

Harsh on Kaspar Schmeichel who has been crucial to Leicester's success, however, Cech has transformed the Arsenal defence.

12 clean sheets in 25 league games is the most of any 'keeper in the league and shows Jose Mourinho was right to object to Cech's sale last summer.

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Right-back: Hector Bellerin

Danny Simpson is producing the most consistent form of his career but Bellerin gets the nod for his superior attacking threat.

Joel Campbell stated this week that Bellerin can become "one of the best (right-backs) in the world" and he's not wrong.

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Centre-back: Robert Huth

The giant defender is enjoying quite the Indian summer to his career.

At 34, Huth is as imposing as ever whilst his double against Manchester City last week could prove crucial in the determining the title race.

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Centre-back: Laurent Koscielny

Arguably Arsenal's most consistent performer and one of the league's best defenders.

The Frenchman will have a real job on his hands against Jamie Vardy, especially if Wenger picks Per Mertesacker as his partner in defence.

Left-back: Christian Fuchs

The most difficult decision of all but the Austrian just gets the nod. Monreal was arguably the best left-back in the league up until Christmas but Fuchs' form in recent weeks has been remarkable.

The 29-year-old was imperious last week against City, keeping key playmaker David Silva completely stifled throughout.

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Centre-midfielder: N'Golo Kante

Surely the signing of the season and a player who would improve Wenger's team enormously.

Brought from French club Caen last summer for just £5.6 million, Kante has been fundamental to Leicester's energy and counter-attacking threat.

Centre-midfielder: Francis Coquelin

Harsh on Danny Drinkwater, but Coquelin is crucial to Wenger's side. The defensive midfielder provides balance and bite to Arsenal's XI and his absence has been sorely missed over the past three months.

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RAM: Alexis Sanchez

Like Coquelin, Sanchez has missed a large chunk of this season but he is still Arsenal's most dangerous threat.

The Chilean scored a sublime hat-trick in the reverse fixture earlier this season and his return to form could be crucial to ending Wenger's 12-year drought.

CAM: Mesut Ozil

An easy selection considering the German's form this season. After an inconsistent start to life in north London, Ozil has reminded any doubters of his class this season, recording 16 assists and four goals in 23 league appearances.

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LAM: Riyad Mahrez

Likely to be Leicester's most in-demand player come the summer, Mahrez has lit up the Premier League.

The 24-year-old's 14 goals and ten assists have been crucial to Leicester's success whilst the way he beat Martin Demichelis last weekend should give Mertesacker nightmares.

Striker: Jamie Vardy

Olivier Giroud has scored some important goals this season but Vardy has to be picked.

With 18 league goals, the 29-year-old has been a revelation, whilst his constant energy, ability to run in behind and team ethic are all symptomatic of Leicester's style.

Leicester City v Chelsea - Premier League

Result: Arsenal 6-5 Leicester

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