This is the Arsenal team I want to see against Chelsea tomorrow


Finally, club football is back this weekend. Prior to the international break we had a huge victory over Man City. You could say the break came at the wrong time for us.

However, we are straight back into the thick of things, with another big game when Arsenal play Chelsea in a big London derby on Saturday evening. I thought I would give you my staring XI seeing as we have some of our key players back now.

GK. Ramsdale – Ideally, I wouldn’t keep swapping goalkeepers between league games. But Arteta said Raya and Ramsdale are competing for the number one spot and based on the Man City game, Raya should be dropped. He was very shaky and almost cost us a goal. I feel Ramsdale shouldn’t have been dropped in the first place either.

RB. Ben White – No debate here. He has been very good this season continuing from an impressive last season.

CB. Saliba – Barring any fitness issues, he should start.

CB. Gabriel – One of the best defenders in Europe based of the past year. He is almost overshadowed in a way by how good Saliba is, but I believe since the World Cup he has been our best defender. It was baffling to see why he was dropped at the start of the season, ever since he came back in our defence has been solid.

LB. Tomiyasu – Easy choice for me. He is better than Zinchenko defensively. Yes, he is not as good at going forward, but he will help us more by stopping Chelsea’s counter attacks with the pace they have in their side.

DM. Partey – He should be fully fit to start this game. None of this Havertz or Jorginho business, a top midfielder will be playing this game.

CM. Rice – Talking of top midfielders, you will be hard pressed to find much better one in the league at the moment than Declan Rice. He has been our best player this season, the calmness, the recovery tackles, he’s been a top signing so far. With Partey playing, this will give him freedom to go forward more.

AM. Odegaard – He was not at his best in the Man City game but it is a no brainer that he starts this game.

RW. Saka – Hopefully he is fully rested now after missing the Man City game and the international break. He should start if he is fit.

ST. G. Jesus – Played very well in the Man City game and will be key once again in this game.

LW. Martinelli – Scored the vital winner off the bench last time out, and I would of course start him against Chelsea.

If you have any changes you would make let me know in the comments.

My prediction for the game is 2-0 to Arsenal.

What do you think?

Vivek Julka


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  1. Tomiyasu in the inverted-LB position could nullify aerial threats and back-to-goal plays from Cole Palmer

    Nketiah, Havertz and Jorginho would likely be pumped up to show their old club what they had missed, so they could tire Chelsea players out. Then our super-subs could capitalize on it in the second half

      1. Nketiah and Rice are both from Chelsea academy and they were both released on the same time where Nketiah came to Arsenal and Rice went to Westham

  2. Think ESR could be an impact sub, Havertz on late as a striker, and maybe Jorginho to control the game if we are leading match near final time.

  3. I personally think that Saka should come on as sub and not start as he has just recovered. Keep Jesus on the right and Nketiah or Trossard upfront with Martinelli on the left.
    Partey if fit, otherwise as a sub and stick with Jorginho + Rice as we need game control.

    Mudryk has to be watched as he would want to prove a point to us as we backed out of going for him when Chelsea stepped in.

  4. Raya did very well for a crunch, debut derby that usually sees seasoned players either sent off from over excitement, or fail to rise to their expected levels of play out of mental exhaustion from playing the game in their minds before it even kicks off. The problem with Ramsdale is simply immaturity and excitability, which make him erratic and unpredictable even to his team. He’s prone to over-stimulation by factors outside of the pitch sometimes and that, in simple terms is ill discipline. It’s severely costly and diminishes trust in him as the sole No:1.

  5. I hope that that is the team it’d be great to have them all fit with just Timber to return hopefully before the end of our season. I believe a fully equipped Arsenal is good enough to go the distance

  6. I’m okay with the same team setup against MANCITY, just replace ;
    Odegaard with Trossard
    Use Martineli as LW
    Jesus as RW,
    Havertz as CF,
    Tomiyasu LB,

    Saka, Nelson, Smith-rowe and Jorginho, 2nd half.

    1. I think this is the best x1;Raya,white,Gabriel,Saliba,Zinchenko,Party,Odegaard,Rice,Saka,Jesus and Martinelli

  7. …………………………………..Raya





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