Arsenal are back in action in the Premier League as the Gunners travel to Stamford Bridge to take on a high-flying Chelsea side.
Arsenal are on the back of an emphatic win against West Brom in the Premier League after defeating the Baggies 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners are now up for a gargantuan challenge against an unbeatable Chelsea side under Thomas Tuchel.
The two London sides last met in December in the Premier League when the Blues were under Frank Lampard. Mikel Arteta got the better of the visitors by a scoreline of 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal have remained undefeated in their last three meetings against Chelsea in all competitions by securing two wins and one draw.
However, the hosts for Wednesday evening’s clash have transformed into a force to reckon with under Thomas Tuchel. The Blues are undefeated in their last seven fixtures in all competitions after facing the likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid and West Ham over the course of their streak.
With that being said, Tuchel’s side are the clear favourites to clinch all three points at Stamford Bridge and Mikel Arteta will have to field his best eleven if he is to get past this lethal Chelsea set-up.
Arteta will be without David Luiz, Emile Smith-Rowe, Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari due to injuries. The 39-year-old Spanish coach is expected to play a 4-2-3-1 formation on Wednesday evening in an attempt to have an attacking approach to break down Chelsea’s solid defence.
Bernd Leno will start in goal and the back four ahead of him will consist of Gabriel, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin. Holding and Gabriel will play as the two centre-backs and will look to eliminate the opponents attacking threat. Tierney and Bellerin will play out from the wide and are expected to support the attack when moving forward to gain a numerical advantage against Chelsea’s back three.
In the midfield, Thomas Partey will be partnered with Mohamed Elneny. The two midfielders will look to provide cover to the defence while also attempting to eliminate any attacking space for the likes of Mason Mount and Kai Havertz to manoeuvre through the centre.
While Partey and Elneny take up defensive roles in the midfield, Martin Odegaard will play as the attacking midfielder. The Norwegian’s flair and creativity in the final third will be pivotal for Arsenal to break down the opponent’s thorough defence.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka are expected to be the two wingers. The former had a poor outing against Villarreal in the second leg of the Europa League, however, Aubameyang could prove to be the difference-maker against Chelsea on Wednesday evening.
Alexandre Lacazette will lead the attack as the sole striker. The Frenchman has not scored in his past three Premier League outings with his last goal coming against Sheffield United when he bagged a brace. Lacazette’s inconsistency has called for scrutiny this season and the former Lyon forward will look to straighten things out in this crucial fixture.