Barclays Premier League
Kick off: October 5th, 2014 1405 PM BST
No real surprises in the Gunners’ lineup as Wenger names the best players he has available for today’s game. A positive result today is crucial, and Wenger is sending his best to get it for him.
The defensive line has Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny and Gibbs, the best we can field right now. Szczesny is between the sticks for the Gunners.
In the midfield, we have Wilshere, Flamini, Cazorla, Ozil and Sanchez. Flamini and Wilshere should start deep, with Flamini staying back and Wilshere coming forward during attacks. Ozil should retain his favoured No. 10 role and Sanchez should start out wide along with Santi Cazorla, who impressed against Galatasaray and has managed to earn himself a starting berth today. The manager could also try to play the 4-1-4-1 formation with Ozil and Cazorla in the center like he did midweek, but Wilshere out wide is not as good as he is in the center of the field, and the Chelsea wings are too strong to risk him there.
Welbeck leads the line, absolutely no doubt about this one after his superb hat trick against Galatasaray.
On the bench, we have Rosicky, Podolski and the Ox. Martinez, our third choice keeper, has been named on the bench ahead of Ospina, and Monreal is back after his injury break. Rosicky is an experienced campaigner, but not a man you would expect to break down the Chelsea defence. The Ox could make an impact as a late substitute with sheer pace, but apart from him the bench seems really lacking, especially considering that Podolski is out of form. As such, it is going to be up to the players on the field to produce the result for us.
Szczesny, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Chambers, Wilshere, Flamini, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck.
Martinez, Monreal, Coquelin, Rosicky, Ox, Campbell, Podolski.