Wenger Makes 2 Changes: Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Face Chelsea

By on January 22, 2016

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Arsenal will look to cement their place at the top of the table when they take on Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech is certain to keep his place in goal and he’ll be looking to impress against his former club.

Defence: The boss is expected to stick with the same back four that started during the 0-0 draw at Stoke City last weekend so Per Mertesacker should keep his place in defence ahead of Gabriel with the German international starting alongside Laurent Koscielny at the back.

Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal have firmly established themselves as our starting full-backs ahead of Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs so they’ll continue at the back this weekend.

Midfield: Mohamed Elneny failed to make his debut off the bench against Stoke so I can’t see Wenger throwing him straight in to action against Chelsea on Sunday. Francis Coquelin is back in training but is still short of match fitness and with Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere also still unavailable, Mathieu Flamini should continue alongside Aaron Ramsey this weekend.

Attack: Alexis Sanchez is set to return to the squad after eight weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury and the Chilean international should come straight back in to the team if he’s deemed fit enough to start by the clubs medical team.

Joel Campbell has performed extremely well in recent weeks but I have a feeling he’ll still be the one to make way for Sanchez with Theo Walcott keeping his place on the wing. Mesut Ozil is certain to return to the side after missing the trip to the Britannia last weekend with a minor knock while Olivier Giroud should once again lead the line up front.

Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:

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What do you think? What line-up would you like to see start?

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4 Comments

  1. bonaroca

    January 22, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Bonaroca:- Personally, I would prefer Campbell instead of Walcott for this
    game, the fact that he has a good understanding with Bellerin could even
    afford Mr Wenger to introduce Elneny who is a real Midfield defender giving
    a chance for Ramsay to stray upfield from time to time with a chance to score.

  2. max

    January 22, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Looks about right..But he might start Alexis [Campbell in] on e bench.

  3. ogban

    January 22, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Not sure Alexis is fit enough to start. If he is, I’d also prefer Campbell up there with him.

  4. GoonerEris

    January 22, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    If we expect Costa to play, why not have Gabriel for Koscielny (was a bit shaky at Stoke) or Mertesacker? Campbell over Theo for me. We have to introduce Elneny carefully; not in such a game.

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