Home Match Day Lacazette and Wilshere start, 3-4-2-1: Strongest Predicted Arsenal XI vs Chelsea

Lacazette and Wilshere start, 3-4-2-1: Strongest Predicted Arsenal XI vs Chelsea


Arsenal take on London rivals Chelsea in the first-leg of the League Cup semi-final tomorrow.

The Gunners suffered a shocking 4-2 defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup last weekend, and Arsene Wenger is likely to place his priority on the League Cup in order to attain some kind of silverware this term.

Formation: 3-4-2-1


Petr Cech was rested for the Cup defeat at the hands of Forest, but he is likely to retain his position between the sticks.

Likewise, Calum Chambers is certain to be recalled in central defence, and he may partner Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi, though the latter is likely to have a late fitness test on his injury.

At right wing-back, Hector Bellerin is likely to make his comeback after his match-saving effort versus the Blues last time around whilst Ainsley Maitland-Niles is probably the sole contender to start in the opposite direction with Sead Kolasinac injured.

In midfield, Jack Wilshere could be paired alongside Mohamed Elneny as Wenger didn’t seem to offer a positive injury update on Granit Xhaka, who was deemed to have suffered a knock prior to the FA Cup game last weekend.

Further forward, we could see first-team regulars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez paired in the attacking midfield with Alexandre Lacazette likely to lead the line ahead of Danny Welbeck, who did little to impress versus Forest.

Predicted Arsenal lineup: Petr Cech, Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette

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