Arsène Wenger rotated his side for the Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday night, but will surely revert to a tried and tested formation against Chelsea on Saturday.
The Gunners head to Stamford Bridge with a horrible record against José Mourinho’s side, but finally face them with the knowledge that it is possible to win.
A 1-0 win in the Community Shield in August will tempt Wenger to use the same tactics again and he surely will, with just a few alterations in personnel.
Petr Čech will surely start in goal and, on a run of good form, Gabriel is almost certain to continue in place of Per Mertesacker. His partner will be Laurent Koscielny and they will be flanked by the returning Héctor Bellerín and Nacho Monreal.
With Francis Coquelin coming into midfield, his partner is tricky. At Wembley, Wenger opted for Ramsey central and Cazorla wide but you get the impression he will change that to suit Alexis Sánchez, who will play from the left. That leaves Ramsey on the right with Mesut Özil in behind Theo Walcott.
Cazorla provided invaluable ball retention from wide in the win back in August, and Wenger must be tempted to play him there again with Ramsey joining Coquelin and Alexis on the right. Nonetheless, after a midweek defeat, Cazorla and Coquelin in the tried and trusted pair.
Walcott will surely get the nod over Giroud after scoring again in midweek.