Xhaka and Aubameyang start, Strongest Predicted Arsenal lineup (3-4-3) vs Chelsea

Arsenal are scheduled to host arch-rivals Chelsea in this evening’s Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have been in a dismal run of form and have picked up just two points from the last seven league games.

That sees them stranded in the 15th spot after 14 matches with 14 points, just four ahead of the relegation places.

They have looked disjointed as a unit in recent weeks, but Mikel Arteta will be hoping for a response from his players in the derby.

The games between Arsenal and Chelsea have been closely fought in recent years and the Gunners have lost just one at the Emirates since 2016.

Formation: 3-4-3

Predicted Lineup:

Bernd Leno should return between the sticks after staying on the bench for the disappointing 4-1 loss to Manchester City in the League Cup quarter-final on Tuesday night.

In the backline, both Rob Holding and David Luiz could return to the mix. The duo should accompany Gabriel Magalhaes in the back three with Luiz taking up the central position among the trio.

Hector Bellerin should feature ahead of Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the right wing-back position, particularly with his impressive scoring record against the Blues. He has bagged a couple of late equalisers in the derby.

On the opposite end, Kieran Tierney should feature ahead of Bukayo Saka. In the midfield, Granit Xhaka is expected to start after serving a three-match domestic ban.

He could be accompanied by Dani Ceballos instead of Mohamed Elneny. Ceballos has not been in the best of form, but he is capable of making forward runs unlike Elneny, who is more defensive-minded.

Thomas Partey continues to remain injured with a thigh problem. In the attack, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should return to the mix, provided he has overcome his minor calf problem.

He should start on the left wing with Willian on the opposite end. Willian has had a poor beginning to his Gunners career, but he has the chance to put things right against his former employers.

Upfront, Alexandre Lacazette should start after his midweek goal against the Cityzens. The Frenchman scored in his first three league games of the campaign, but he has since failed to find the back of the net.

Predicted Arsenal lineup: Leno; Holding, Luiz, Gabriel; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ceballos, Tierney; Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Stats from Transfermarkt.com


  1. Dominic Slater December 26, 2020
  2. Steph December 26, 2020

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