Arsenal’s 11th game across two different competitions in just over a month is almost upon us – and it’s a big one.
The Gunners, who have beaten Tottenham Hotspur, FK Bodo/Glimt (twice), Liverpool, Leeds United, PSV Eindhoven, Nottingham Forest and FC Zurich during this hectic period, will now see their Premier League title credentials put to the test once again as they face Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
What should fill Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta with some confidence is his side’s recent record at Stamford Bridge. Unbeaten on their last three visits – including winning the last two – the Spaniard will be looking to keep the streak intact on what is the penultimate weekend of action from the Premier League before the World Cup break.
Whilst this fixture comes a day after Bonfire night and kicks off at 12pm, one can still expect fireworks given the history between the two sides. In addition, with former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang available for Chelsea, the prospect of the striker haunting or being kept quiet by his old teammates adds even more intrigue.
Just like with any game, Arteta has some big decisions to make regarding his team selection. Not for the first time this season, the main topic of discussion is who gets the nod at left-back as Oleksandr Zinchenko is once again an option alongside Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu.
The fact that the latter – on his 24th birthday – was not spotted in training at London Colney on Saturday after limping out of the 1-0 win over Zurich on Thursday night could make the Gunners manager’s decision easier or more difficult as he’s been the first-choice left-back in Zinchenko’s absence.
Thankfully for Arteta, football.london’s Arsenal writers Tom Canton and Tashan Deniran-Alleyne as well as Arsenal Content Editor Sam Truelove are on hand to offer their assistance. Below, they take a look at who they think should be starting for the visitors in Sunday afternoon’s clash against Chelsea.
Truelove’s Arsenal XI vs Chelsea: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Odegaard, Xhaka; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli