Arsenal face Chelsea on Tuesday, looking for revenge after their late home defeat to the same opposition last month.
Arsenal put in a good performance in their last outing against Chelsea, but they threw it all away at the end. Having taken a 1-0 lead into the final 10 minutes, Bernd Leno missed a punch and Shkodran Mustafi backed off Tammy Abraham into his own goal.
Chelsea have a big advantage over Mikel Arteta’s side now. They’re 10 points ahead in fourth place, whilst Arsenal sit 10th. A win is the only way to vaguely keep any top-four ambitions alive. Even then, it’s probably too late, but a derby win would be nice anyway.
Let’s have a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup for the Chelsea clash.
Bernd Leno will keep his place in the team. Emi Martinez will make the bench as usual. Matt Macey is travelling with the squad for each game and helping the other two warm up, so expect him to turn up as well.
No Kieran Tierney, no Sead Kolasinac, so Bukayo Saka has the job at left-back again. Hector Bellerin is back in the squad at right-back, but it’s safer if he waits for the Bournemouth game to start. Ainsley Maitland-Niles will keep his place for now.
David Luiz is sure to make the lineup, but Sokratis Papastathopoulos is a doubt with illness. It’s really 50/50 whether he makes the team or Shkodran Mustafi stays in. It’s hard to see Rob Holding starting his first league game since early November.
Calum Chambers is out for the long term after successful surgery on his knee.
We expect the same midfield that started against Sheffield United. Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka at the base of midfield, Mesut Özil ahead of them.
Dani Ceballos made the squad against Manchester United, Leeds United and Sheffield United, but Arteta appears hesitant to use him. It would be a surprise to see him suddenly start vs Chelsea, and the same goes for Matteo Guendouzi and Joe Willock.
There really aren’t many options here, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out with suspension and Reiss Nelson with injury. Nicolas Pepe will start on the right, Gabriel Martinelli on the left.
The only decision Arteta has to make is Alexandre Lacazette or Eddie Nketiah up front. Lacazette is by far the more likely of the two.