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Talking Tactics: Arsenal’s strong XI to battle Chelsea later today

Talking Tactics: Arsenal’s strong XI to battle Chelsea later today - Arsenal

Arsenal certainly have a lot to think about after suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City last time out.

The London club looked less than convincing in Unai Emery’s first competitive game at the Emirates last weekend as defending champions Manchester City ran all over them. So, the Gunners will need to seek improvements right away as they run the risk of missing out on a top four spot if this form continues.

Although, Emery’s side will travel to Stamford Bridge later on today to face a difficult opposition in the form of Chelsea. The Blues secured all three points against Huddersfield Town last weekend, so they will be full of confidence and will want to put on a show in front of their home fans.

Nevertheless, having taken Emery’s selection from the last game into consideration, we’ve come up with a team that we think the Spaniard could line up with against Chelsea.

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We’ve gone with a 4-2-3-1 formation, as that is the formation that Emery has looked to make use of since taking charge in North London. This allows the wingers to make use of space out wide and provides the striker with plenty of support and service, with two central midfielders helping control the game.

Petr Cech looked nervy at times last game but he did also keep the score down with a number of quality saves, so it’s expected that Emery will turn to him once again today.

In defence, summer signing Stephan Lichtsteiner was a great addition for the Gunners and supporters caught a glimpse of what he can offer last time out, so they’ll be interested to see him make his full debut today. Hector Bellerin will operate on the other flank due to Ainsley Maitland-Niles injury, with Sokratis¬†Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi at the heart of the defence.

Matteo Guendouzi will drop to the bench after a rather unconvincing performance to say the least, with summer signing Lucas Torreira set to show supporters exactly what the club paid the money for. And, Granit Xhaka will operate alongside him as one of the consistent performers in the side.

The Gunners’ attacking three will consist of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The German is still yet to get back to his best and wasn’t too impressive last time out, with another disappointing performance possibly seeing him dropped for their next fixture. But, the other two men did show moments of brilliance, so Emery will turn to them for inspiration once again.

Lastly, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will look to make use of his pace at the pinnacle of the attack by making runs in behind the Blues’ defence, and should be able to hold up the ball for onrushing attackers.

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