Koscielny and Lacazette start, 4-2-3-1: Strongest Arsenal XI to face Chelsea


Arsenal will seek to progress to the final stage of the League Cup when they host Chelsea at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

The Gunners put in an impressive defensive display during the goalless draw in the semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge, and Wenger will want to finish things off with a commanding performance in front of the home fans.

Formation: 4-2-3-1


David Ospina has been undisputed first-choice for the Cup competitions, and Wenger is likely to revert to the Colombian between the sticks for the London derby.

In defence, Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi should play alongside each other once more in central defence, whilst Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal will certainly take up the full-back positions, the latter who put in a man of the match showing versus Crystal Palace last weekend.

In midfield, Granit Xhaka looked a lot more comfortably with the ball with Mohamed Elneny playing just behind him in the anchor role. The Egypt international could continue to get the nod over Aaron Ramsey, who is suffering from illness.

Further forward, Jack Wilshere put in a sparkling performance in the 4-1 thumping of Palace, and the Englishman could start in the central attacking midfield role with Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi playing either side.

Alexandre Lacazette ended his long wait for a goal after a brilliant backheel assist from Ozil, and he will be aiming to score for the first time versus the Blues, against whom he has missed glorious chances previously.

Arsenal secured the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United in a straight-swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez last night, but he is ineligible to feature, having participated previously in the Cup for the holders.

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