Chelsea welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge for Saturday’s late Premier League kick-off. The Blues have started the league campaign on a strong note with a convincing 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town and they now have the opportunity to beat their fierce rivals in front of their supporters.
On the other hand, Unai Emery’s side did not have the perfect start to the campaign after a 2-0 home defeat to reigning champions Manchester City but they have the recent history by their side in terms of the London derby. Arsenal are undefeated in their last six competitive meetings versus the Blues.
Kepa Arrizabalaga had a solid debut for the Blues during their triumph in west Yorkshire but given his relative inexperience in the Premier League, we are going with Petr Cech between the sticks.
In the backline, David Luiz gets our pick to start in central defence after showing his grit and determination during recent games against Huddersfield and Manchester City. Alongside him, Sokratis Papastathopoulos should feature after producing a more than decent display during his Gunners debut last weekend.
Aside from this, Chelsea should own the right and left-back positions with Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso slotting into the roles respectively. Hector Bellerin has indeed shown promise with the Gunners on the attack but defensively, the Spaniard tends to struggle, which makes him a liability.
N’Golo Kante is surely an automatic choice in any footballing team across the world and the Frenchman has recently been urged by Sarri to push forward more often. Alongside him, we are going for Blues’ summer signing Jorginho, who is regarded as one among the best passers in the game at the moment.
The Italian had an off-day against Manchester City in the Shield where Phil Foden outclassed him but he has since found his range whilst converting a penalty versus Huddersfield. Aside from the Blues duo, Aaron Ramsey gets our nod with his tendency to make nagging runs into the opposition box. The Welshman can prove a menace to the opposition with his movement on his day.
Eden Hazard only made a cameo appearance against Huddersfield but he nevertheless left his mark with an assist. The Belgian occupies the left wing position in our combined XI with Mesut Ozil on the right whilst Alexandre Lacazette earns the right to lead the line.
Lacazette was only a substitute during the Gunners’ opening day defeat but the Frenchman looked very lively on the field of play. He gets our nod over teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata, who has yet to find his feet under Sarri.
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