Ozil starts, Rob Holding in for Koscielny: Arsenal v Chelsea teams

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Arsenal face Chelsea at the Emirates tonight, knowing they really need three points to keep up with the chase for a top four spot.

It’s a task made more difficult by injuries to key players, so let’s hope we can cope.

Here are tonight’s official line-ups.

Arsenal: Cech, Chambers, Mustafi, Holding, Bellerin, Xhaka, Wilshere, Maitland-Niles, Alexis, Ozil, Lacazette

Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Elneny, Iwobi, Walcott, Welbeck

Chelsea: Courtois, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso, Fabregas, Hazard, Morata

Subs: Caballero, Zapacosta, Rudiger, Drinkwater, Willian, Pedro, Batshuyai

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Lonely Lonliness

So Wenger has Mastered art of deception. Ozil injured …No He will play .. Ha Ha Good one Le Prof.

Gordy

Make Jack captain and thanks goodness Iwobi isn’t playing. He needs to play in the second team or go out on loan as we can’t afford to have 2nd rate players in the team. Good to see Holding and Chambers, however they get on. Stuck in Norfolk because of the winds and hate missing games and watching on TV.

Everesco21

Iwobi is second rate but you’re happy to see holding and chambers? Interesting. I Think they all have good potential though.

locksley444

As defenders, both chambers and holding have proven themselves to be reliable more often than not, as defenders need to be. Attacking midfielders need to be creative, or pose a goal threat themselves. More often than not, Iwobi fails to do that. He needs composure to make the right decisions, so we should be starting him in europa league or cup games.

Jack

‘Holding is like a new signing’

goongot

Rob holding u know …..he is better than cannavaro….

Damobot

Lets hope so !!

Hermitian

Ozil, Laca, Wilshere and Alexis in. Excellent, that’s 2+ goals for us guaranteed.

Holding/Mustafi in for Per? For fucks sake. That’s 2+ goals for Chelsea guaranteed,

mashkeyboardgetusername

It’s not the centre halves I worry about so much as the lack of cover from the midfield ahead of them and AMN being at left back, where Liverpool had a bit of a field day against him (though to reiterate, it’s not his fault that he’s playing out of position).

Homer

Yup. Totally on the spot.
To be fair to AMN, though, Salah has been having so much joy against every left back in the league (world?) lately, that he really did alright IMO. I think he may’ve gotten caught out of position for their 2nd, but the rubbish defending that night was not all his fault.

Hermitian

It’s pointless to worry about AMN at left back. We have no alternative to him.

Rg21

I am exited by our young look back 3. Let’s hope they step up.

Marcus

Wenger doin a heckin bamboozle again

Original Paul

Looks like a strong team to me. COYG!

Original Paul

4 thumbs down for this comment? I’m done with this place…

Gunner Matt

“Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.” William Shakespeare

Progman07

This defense doesn”t have too many games together… at best they know each other’s names.

denilsantizcarzola

how does xhaka still get in the team???

Georgeycharles

So, I wonder if he’ll play Chambers or Holding ? – oh, he’s playing Chambers AND Holding….

bdotm

COYG

Fan

Going optimistic here for a respectable 2-0 loss. Preferably with a lack of handbrake and Man United hangovers.

Pedant

‘Holding Chambers’ – where are the Dungeon comments?

Trez

Mustafi has to take the lead at the back…needs to be calm and not go all Gung ho.

mo974

Wenger gambling on that defense again. He could have used the Chambers -Holding pairing in minor pl games and build up slowly their confidence but ”ignored them ” and i the injury god forced him once again to throw them in a big game with a lot of pressure. If the kids slip up and we get goals against they are going to be slaughtered by media and some fans; It is not a way to develop what could be a promising partnership. Hope they step up and COYG. We can nick a win or a draw.

Thierry Bergkamp

Wenger has rotated the midfield well and made the most out of the deep squad. Jack and Granit must be well fresh for this one

Drogheda gunner

Get chambers off he is fucking shite

SB Still

Damn there are no timeouts in football – a very performance peppered with many misplaced passes. It looked we would gift them a goal to focus!

espen

I am now really convinced we are 5-6th place at best this season.

Donald

conte must really hate us. Hahaha

One of Bellerin\'s Cornrows

Imagine if Mustafi was sold at the start of the season like was rumoured? We’d be screwed right now.