Arsenal v Chelsea Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction (in Dublin)

Tonight both Arsenal and Chelsea are preparing to continue their good pre-season form when they meet at 8pm in Dublin. Unai Emery has been teaching his new charges the way to play his pressing tactical game, while Maurizio Sarri has been pushing a very attacking style, as David Luiz described Sarri’s style when asked yesterday. ‘I love this philosophy, to play high with a lot of possession of the ball and in a technical way. So he is trying to help us every single day to learn his philosophy to help Chelsea.”

Arsenal have managed a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid, despite losing on penalties, and battered PSG 5-1 and will have a lot more first team-players available for tonight’s game than our rivals. But Chelsea’s makeshift side has also performed well, starting with a 1-0 victory against Perth Glory in Australia before beating AC Milan on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Nice.

Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Olivier Giroud, Gary Cahill, Michy Batshuayi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Thibaut Courtois are all unavailable for Chelsea due to their World Cup exploits. Despite these stars not being available we can expect to see Cesc Fabregas, Pedro, Alvaro Morata, new-signing Jorginho, Victor Moses, Alonso and Azpilicueta on the pitch at some point along with a host of youngsters, while I am sure that Emery will start with most of his top players that have looked so sharp in pre-season, especially Aubameyang and Lacazette up front.

Here is my predicted line-up to start the game…

Kolasinac, Sokratis, Chambers, Bellerin,
Guendouzi, Ramsey, Ozil, Mkhitaryan,
Lacazette, Aubameyang

But whatever teams come out at the start, we can expect an exhibition of attacking football from both sides. Obviously Arsenal will be featuring some of our impressive youngsters as well as the game goes on, but I think we will have by far the most senior players on the pitch and should be able to get another confidence building win. Emery will want to get Sarri worried about Arsenal’s visit to Stamford Bridge in three weeks time.

I’m predicting a 3-1 win for the Gunners and I want us to go into the City match on the opening day with an unbeaten record under Emery…..



  1. rkw says:

    i dont understand why monreal has not been playing … is he injured?

    1. stubill says:

      He’s not injured as far as I know, or can find on the interweb, a couple of Spanish sides have shown an interest in signing him, but Arsenal don’t want to let him go. He only has one more year on his contract so he could go on a free next year.

      It is a bit strange how he seems to have disappeared during the pre-season friendlies, with no mention of him anywhere.

      1. Khadii says:

        Monreal resumed training on monday.
        U guys seem to 4get he was part of Spain’s squad for the world cup

        1. RSH says:

          yup, came back with everyone whose NT participated in R16/QF ties. Xhaka, Lichtsteiner, Torreira, Monreal. Only Ospina isn’t back because he’s expected to leave

        2. Declan says:

          I wish he was back though cos Kolasinac has not been very good.

    2. Raphael says:

      look my friend he just came home late

      1. Rkw says:

        Last 16 … did he play at all? Don’t remember him … should be ultra fresh!!!

  2. Innit says:

    I dont think lacazette and Aubameyang will start together.
    Also I believe Bellerin will play RB and Kolsanic will play LB.

  3. KAY BOSS says:

    Hope we play a decent game and come out winners to boost our confidence.
    Kev, will we be signing a player (s)?
    A winger or midfielder?

    1. gotanidea says:

      No need for kev

      Maybe Arsenal would sign the cheapest winger available, Adama Traore

      1. Andrew E says:

        I know it’s off topic but Liverpool paid £142m for a goalkeeper and CB (Van Dijk) surely they are not still living off Coutinho??

        1. malch95 says:

          champions league prize $$$

  4. Gifted says:

    I hope to see Emile Smith Rowe tonight. This boy is ready to light up the world

  5. masaba amuza says:

    arsenal will win 3 to 1

  6. Simon Williams says:

    Want to see Guendouzi in a more competitive match – which I think this will be. Really think he can make it into 1st team!


    1. Innit says:

      Me too. Guendouzi was impressive. He should be given the opportunity. If he is good enough age shouldn’t matter. He looked so good that I think he can rise above El Neny as back up DM to Torreira

      I hope he gets at least 45 mins today.

      1. Maks says:

        Real test for Guendouzi will come against Stoke or Sunderland. Wait! There are no S&S in PL this season. 🙂
        Now with “S” we have Southampton, the team which under Hughes plays like Stoke.

  7. JADON SPIRIT says:

    Monreal was on holidays and just returned to training this week alongside Torreira, Xhaka and Stephan. He is not injured.

  8. ramprogus says:

    I sincerely wished arsenal could have bought Mina the Colombian to consolidate the defense

  9. Declan says:

    I think both Torreira and Guendouzi will get game time tonight.
    O T but did we dodge a bullet not getting Martins on a free? Sporting are now demanding €100 million for him and it will go to court if not settled.

    1. RSH says:

      sounds like unnecessary drama we avoided for sure. I wonder what grounds Sporting is demanding compensation on? Contract was able to be terminated after the attack, and Atleti technically signed him on a free transfer. Guess it all comes down to what was written in the fine print about his termination. Doubt they’ll get anywhere near 100mill though if they do get compensation.

  10. Sue says:

    Gutted this match won’t be shown on Arsenal’s website, but at least the Lazio match on Saturday will be!
    I hope we win tonight! COYG

    1. Sven Svensson says:

      It’s live on Premier Sports on Virgin channel 127 if you can get it Sue.

      1. Sue says:

        Thanks Sven, I’m not on virgin, but will look on YouTube

    2. Durand says:

      Sorry to rub it in Sue. Game on ESPN2 at 3pm here in the States. Simply beautiful for me as I fire up the grill now. 1st pint gone, the backup and rotation pints ready and waiting.

      1. Sue says:

        ? well if only I was in the states on holiday! You’re sorted then Durand ? enjoy the match, I was going to say have a great evening, but it’s afternoon over there?!

        1. Sue says:

          So have a good afternoon chilling ? COYG

          1. Durand says:

            Its 2:15pm here presently. I get many games but not all.
            About 5 hours ahead of you here on East Coast of States. Love the early game time

          2. Sue says:

            When I was in Florida a couple of years back, we managed to watch 2 premier league games before going off to the theme parks! Loved it!!

          3. Durand says:

            True Sue! I watch weekend games 7am to noon Saturdays and Sundays and rest of day for the lady. We both love how it works out, CL and Euro league kick off 3pm to 5pm.

            Fantastic for tv viewing, but never see in person.

            Spuds and other Filth come for friendlies only 30-45 minute drive away. Don’t care, never been never will.
            For me it’s the Arsenal or nothing. Rather watch Arsenal on tv then drive 30 minutes and see Man Utd or Liverpool.

          4. Sue says:

            Lucky you Durand! I’d love to live in the states! Next time my family & I visit will be to New York ?

            Love the way you say spuds & other filth ?


          5. OzzieGunner says:

            Sue, don’t emigrate to the USA before you check out Australia and New Zealand. By the way I have visited 44 states of the USA on 11 visits since 1979 and haven’t been tempted to leave Oz permanently.

          6. Sue says:

            Jeez you’ve clocked up some miles! I’ve often looked at ‘down under’ it does really appeal! Maybe one day Ozzie…….

          7. stubill says:

            just noticed my other comment is awaiting moderation so I’ll try again.

            Sue try

            w w w.

            It’s a bit of a faff getting rid of the pop ups, but you can usually find one of the links working ok, as long as you have flash installed.

            I’ve used it when I’ve been away from home a few times.

  11. Maks says:

    I hope Ramsey scores a hat trick! After that some offers should come, from MSL or China.

    1. Ken1945 says:

      But of course, Emery’s golden boy won’t be sold surely?

      1. Ken1945 says:

        Yet another Arsenal player wants Ramsey to stay.
        Mykonos has come out in support of the player, so in Emery we trust, as he’s the man who has spotted, along with Wenger, the true genius of the man.
        Just sign the damn contract Aaron, so we can move forward.

        1. Ingleby says:

          ‘No man is an island’

      2. Maks says:

        He won’t… cos now he is injured!
        What a character!

  12. sombe tony says:

    I rely want to see nzonzi in gunners lineup for the new season

  13. omonaija says:

    I just hope no one get injured. Moreover, i think our expectations and demand on our new signings should be minimal,especially on Geundouzi and Torreira. lastly, the crop of players in our squad lack height good enough for aerial combat, and i think this is an obvious flaw which opponents can take as their own advantage. I just hope Emery notice this and make some amendments before 9th of august.

  14. Dubgun says:

    I wanted to go to the game tonight but…60-80 euro for a “Friendly” game. This ICC is a real cynical money making rip off. Going to different countries to fleece people on tickets and jersey’s for a makey uppy tournament!

  15. I just hope no one get injured.may arsenal win 3:1 tonight

  16. Ak47 says:

    It should not be win win I refer they loss n work more on their mistakes before man city game which am hoping for our first 3points

  17. Alatari Douglas says:

    still conceding goals via set pieces? Wow! Not a good sign…

  18. Alatari Douglas says:

    Arsenal can’t seem to find the right rhythm & or get a proper hold of the game as we seem to be out of sorts in the opening stages & wow! Bellerin concedes a penalt, Cech saves it alright, game on. Let’s see how the game pans out but there aemre still concerns cos we can’t seem to get a hold of the ball yet with 16 mins already gone.

  19. Alatari Douglas says:

    down by 1 @ halftime, not a good sign going into the new season

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