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Chelsea Vs Arsenal | Predicted Lineup Ahead of the London Derby


Arsenal’s recent 2-0 loss against Manchester City has set their wheels into motion to prepare for their next derby task; against rivals Chelsea.Arsenal’s last official significant meeting with Chelsa was at the Carbao Cup Semi-Final where Granit Xhaka scored the winning goal to send us through,only to get beaten by Manchester City in the finals.


Arsenal are not backed up by a real quality squad this time for Chelsea, because of injuries from Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles and even Koscielny and also Ramsey withdrawing his name away from this week’s clash due to a tight calf although he intends to attend training next week.

With the derby match on their hand at Stamford Bridge, it is going to be a nail-biting contest for both the teams, where Chelsea is expecting to continue their momentum from a recent thumping 3-0 win against Huddersfield last weekend and also Chelsea is seeking revenge for the devastating loss in the Carbao Cup too.

Arsenal, on the other hand, need to build their strategies right from scratch with the injury woes just adding more to their worries. The loss against Manchester City was just the beginning and it would be exciting to see how Emery has planned out for the future as the fate of Arsenal rests on his hands.



Last week’s game against Chelsea played a pivotal role in the selection of the new players into the squad like Guendouzi. Iwobi, who had scored a cracker of a penalty in a do-or-die situation last week, could start in the coming game, only to see it as an opportunity to hone his skills and also to deliver value back to the club after his new 4-year deal.




Cech(GK)(C), Lichtsteiner, Papastathopoulos, Mustafi, Bellerin, Iwobi, Torreira, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang.




Arsenal are in desperate need of experienced defenders because even if one of the back four get injured, it would be extremely hard to replace the quality that they induce to the team.


Caballero(GK), Alonso, Luiz, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Hazard(C), Jorginho, Kante, Willian, Morata, Pedro.




Caballero might be given the chance to start this season in the coming game as he is the more experienced of the lot for Chelsea. Hazard, also, could be trusted upon ever since last year, when he dribbled all the way from the midline to beat 3 defenders and also Cech to a memorable finish for Chelsea. Arsenal need to come back strong if he decides to waltz past the defenders as he did last season.

With that being said, Chelsea are also facing a dire situation to prove themselves as they lock horns with Arsenal on Saturday the 18th of August, Even though the news about Sarri smoking 80 cigarettes a day got viral, it only propelled the team to allot a room to him just for smoking, due to the hope of great results that are going to follow since Huddersfield.

Rakshit Naidu
Cryptography, Network Security and Sports Blogging enthusiast. Battery Management Systems(BMS) researcher at MotoManipal. 2nd year B.Tech Computer Science and Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology. From Bangalore.

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