Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction, Team News vs Chelsea

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Chelsea FC host Arsenal on Saturday in a match-up of two giant clubs fighting to get back into the top four, at minimum, this season. The London derby featuring two bosses managing their second ever Premier League contests is this weekend’s Premier League main event.

Arsenal are dealing with a bit of a selection headache in the back, due to a series of injuries. Ashley Maitland-Niles, who was in the first team against Manchester City, picked up an injury in the season opener and will now be out for six to eight weeks.

The Gunners will also be without the services of Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal in this one. Expect Stephan Lichtsteiner, who moved over from Juventus on a free transfer this summer, to step in for Maitland-Niles.

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Chelsea Starting XI Prediction: go to this link

Kickoff Time: 5.30 p.m. BST, 12.30 p.m. ET,  Saturday, August 18

The Sports Bank’s Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction

Forwards:   Mesut Ozil, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Midfielders:  Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Aaron Ramsey

Defenders:  Stephan Lichsteiner,  Sokraitis Papastathopoulos, Shokdran Mustafi, Hector Bellerin

Goalkeeper:  Petr Cech

 

 

Match preview, TV info: go to this link

 

Prediction: Chelsea 2, Arsenal 1

Arsenal are improved from last year, but oh boy do they still have a lot of room for improvement. The Blues have plenty of question marks themselves, but they should be able to take business at home against one of their bitter arch-rivals.

Feel free to post your own Chelsea and/or Arsenal starting XI predictions, as well as your final score predictions.

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  1. I think Emery has to go fora 4-4-2 formation with diamond. Here Torreira CDM should help the defence then Ozil should be the RM with Xhaka the LM and Ramsey the CAM. This wil allow Ramsey to fetch the ball and also take it infront as he can run bix to box. Then Auba and Laca shud attack but Auba on the left. Thx

  2. Arsenal needs a winger to give the team more pace in front of goals

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