Following a disappointing 1-Zero defeat to West Ham final weekend, Arsenal can be in search of an instantaneous response in opposition to Chelsea on Saturday.
The Gunners go into the weekend motion in fifth place on 41 factors, degree with Manchester United in sixth. However with United taking part in at 3pm in opposition to Brighton & Hove Albion at Outdated Trafford, Arsenal are prone to kick off at 17:30 three factors behind.
Unai Emery’s males cannot afford one other slip up within the race for the Champions League qualification spots, and it’ll take an enormous efficiency in opposition to Chelsea to shut the hole.
1. Goalkeeper and Defenders
Bernd Leno (GK) – Petr Cech announced this week that he would be retiring at the end of the season, which is additional proof that Leno has lastly established himself as Arsenal’s primary. However he’ll be hoping to maintain extra clear sheets on this half of the season, with simply two to his identify.
Hector Bellerin (RWB) – After coming off the bench at West Ham, Bellerin ought to return to the beginning XI after lacking 4 league video games with a calf pressure.
Shkodran Mustafi (RCB) – Taken off at half-time in two of the final three video games, the German defender can be hoping to finish a full 90 minutes since fifth December.
Sokratis Papasthathopolous (CB) – A giant participant in defence for Emery since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in the summertime, Sokratis is in line to make his 16th league begin.
Laurent Koscielny (LCB) – The Frenchman has regained the armband since his return earlier than Christmas from an Achilles damage.
Nacho Monreal (LWB) – On the bench in opposition to West Ham, Arsenal will want Monreal to carry some defensive stability in opposition to Chelsea. Although sturdy going ahead, Sead Kolasinac might have to sit down this one out if Monreal is match.
Lucas Torreira (CM) – One among Arsenal’s standout performers this season, Torreira can be key if Arsenal are to nullify Eden Hazard. Count on an Ander Herrera-esque job from the Uruguayan, who has featured in each league sport this season.
Matteo Guendouzi (CM) – A favorite of Emery, the 19-year-old has featured in all however three league video games this season. Mesut Ozil was neglected of the squad totally final weekend as he seems to have fallen out of favour.
Alex Iwobi (LW) – The Arsenal academy product is lastly exhibiting the flexibility to ship on his promise this season, with two assists in his final three league video games. The Nigerian winger scored within the reverse fixture again in August.
Alexandre Lacazette (ST) – Performed the complete 90 simply as soon as in his final eight league fixtures, Lacazette has usually confirmed his frustration this season. Regardless of that, the Frenchman has seven targets and 6 assists to his identify.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (RW) – Searching for his 15th objective of the season, Aubameyang is commonly pushed out broad with Lacazette down the center. He missed some big probabilities at Stamford Bridge in August and can be hoping for a greater end result this trip.