Arsenal take on Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday with the FA Cup awaiting the winner. However, the Gunners have huge defensive problems ahead of the match with the Premier League champions.
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Match: Arsenal v Chelsea
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Kick-Off (GMT): Sat 27 May 17:30
Here’s how we think Arsenal will line up:
GK) Petr Cech
The Czech stopper will undoubtedly start. Petr Cech will be eager to get one over on his former club at Wembley.
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RCB) Rob Holding
Rob Holding will start in what we think will be a back three at Wembley. The Englishman has put in a number of impressive displays this season but will need to be on top form on Saturday.
CB) Per Mertesacker
One man who the Gunners need a performance from is Per Mertesacker. It’s an enormous ask for the German who hasn’t started a match all season. However, he is captain of Arsenal and needs to prove it on the pitch on Saturday evening.
LCB) Nacho Monreal
We think Arsene Wenger will look for the extra security provided by a back three against Chelsea meaning Nacho Monreal will fill in. The Spaniard is equally adept in the middle and will need all that experience against an impressive Chelsea attack.
RWB) Hector Bellerin
We think Hector Bellerin will continue at right wing-back despite the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Englishman outperformed Bellerin in the position but there have already been a lot of defensive changes in this team.
CM) Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey will undoubtedly start. The Welshman got his first league goal in months at the weekend and will be looking to get on the scoresheet at Wembley in an FA Cup final once again.
CM) Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka will undoubtedly start in what will be his first domestic cup final since he played in Switzerland. The midfielder has become a key man in this team and will be looking for another commanding midfield performance.
LWB) Kieran Gibbs
Kieran Gibbs should start at left wing-back with Nacho Monreal in the centre. This could be the Englishman’s last match for Arsenal and it would be great to see him go out with an FA Cup winners’ medal.
RAM) Mesut Özil
The German will undoubtedly start. Mesut Özil is on an excellent run of form and will want to keep that going against Chelsea.
LAM) Alexis Sanchez
He was a bit of an injury doubt for this match but considering Alexis Sanchez’s attitude, he’ll probably start. The Chilean has already scored against Chelsea this season and will be looking to do the same.
ST) Danny Welbeck
We think Danny Welbeck will start for Arsenal ahead of Olivier Giroud. This Chelsea back three is a solid defensive unit and we think Arsene Wenger will look to stretch it with Welbeck rather than attack it with Giroud.