Our London rivals Chelsea will come visiting Emirates Stadium on Saturday. This game is crucial for both sides as they find themselves on level points and a win or a loss tomorrow could prove to be to be a major turning point in their seasons.
Antonio Conte’s side has failed to win any of their last two games, so one can expect some changes from the starting eleven that played in last week’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool.
Former Gunner Cesc Fabregas scored a brace in the mid week’s extra-time League Cup win against Leicester City, and I expect him to get his first start of the season.
Here’s how I think our rivals will line up on Saturday:
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois
The Belgium international didn’t feature against the Foxes, but he will back in the starting eleven against us.
Left Back: Cesar Azpilicueta
The Spaniard started the game on the game right against the Foxes and also scored a spectacular volley. However, he will switch to the opposite side against us.
Centre-Back: David Luiz and Gary Cahill
Veteran centre-back John Terry has been ruled out of the tie due to an ankle injury. So, the Blues will keep the same partnership of Cahill and Luiz at the centre of their defence against us.
The Blues have conceded four goals in their last two games with the duo has the centre-back pair.
Right-back: Branislav Ivanovic
The Serbian will return to the starting eleven after sitting out of the League Cup clash at King Power Stadium.
Fabregas has played only 32 minutes of Premier League football this season, but he was superb against the Foxes and scored an extra-time brace to win the game for his side.
I expect Conte to hand our former player his first league start this season on Saturday. He will replace Nemanja Matic in the starting eleven.
N’Golo Kante is expected to keep his place in the starting eleven.
The Belgian has shown glimpses of his old form this season and will keep his place on the left wing. He made a substitute appearance against the Foxes, so he should be well rested for the game against us.
Attacking Midfielder: Oscar
The Brazilian will be back in the playmaker role after missing out on the Leicester game.
Right Wing: Willian
He was also rested against the Foxes, and he will feature on the right wing at Emirates Stadium.
Striker: Diego Costa
Costa has arguably been Chelsea’s best player this season. He is well capable of causing damage to our defence as he demonstrated last season.
He will lead the attacking lines for Antonio Conte’s squad.