MX23RW : Monday, September 27 05:31:25| >> :120:13716:13716:
Aug 1, 2020 at 5.30pm UK at Wembley Stadium
ArsenalArsenal
2-1
ChelseaChelsea
Aubameyang (28' pen., 67')
Ceballos (73')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Pulisic (5')
Kovacic (14'), Azpilicueta (26'), Mount (45+4'), Rudiger (75'), Barkley (89')
Kovacic (73')

Combined XI: Arsenal vs. Chelsea

Ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI using players from both sides.

Arsenal take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final this weekend with Mikel Arteta and Frank Lampard seeking their first piece of silverware in management.

The Gunners booked their place in Saturday's showpiece with a 2-0 win over Manchester City in the semi-finals, while Chelsea saw off Manchester United 3-1.

Arteta has made some positive changes since taking over as Arsenal boss in December, but his side still finished 10 points below the Blues in the Premier League.

Both teams have a number of top-class talent in their respective squads, though, and Sports Mole has selected its strongest combined XI using players available for Saturday's match.


Combined XI: ARS vs. CHE

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has taken his chance with both hands since replacing the injured Bernd Leno and will start this weekend's huge match. Given the issues Kepa Arrizabalaga has faced at Chelsea, and Willy Caballero's limited playing time, this one is a no-brainer.

Both teams could well go with a five-man defence on Saturday, but we have elected for a back four in order to shoehorn in more attacking talents further up the pitch.

With that in mind, Reece James gets the nod over Hector Bellerin and Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back following an impressive breakthrough campaign at Stamford Bridge, while Kieran Tierney is given the nod on the left after showing what he is capable of since recovering from niggling injury issues.

Chelsea have struggled defensively this term, and while Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger is not exactly the best of partnerships, they are still better than what Arsenal have to offer - David Luiz and Rob Holding.

In order to give this side some balance, Granit Xhaka and Mateo Kovacic are selected to anchor central midfield. Jorginho has struggled at times in his second season at Chelsea, while N'Golo Kante has missed five matches and is unlikely to be fit for this weekend's match.

This team really comes to life up top, with Christian Pulisic - usually stationed out on the left - being given licence to roam just off lone striker Olivier Giroud. Alexandre Lacazette and Tammy Abraham were other possible options to lead the line, but Giroud has been in impressive form of late.

That leaves two spots up for grabs in the wide positions, with Willian being selected on the right thanks to a return of nine goals and seven assists in the Premier League this term. On the left, it is impossible to leave prolific scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of the team so he completes our combined lineup.

ID:408456: cacheID:408456:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:5587:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Harry Maguire is mobbed after scoring Manchester United's second goal against Chelsea on February 17, 2020
Read Next:
Combined XI: Manchester United vs. Chelsea
>

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool64201541114
2Manchester CityMan City64111211113
3Chelsea64111221013
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd6411135813
5Everton6411127513
6Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton540174312
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham6321138511
8Aston Villa631297210
9Brentford62318539
10Arsenal6303510-59
11Tottenham HotspurSpurs630349-59
12Watford621379-27
13Leicester CityLeicester6213710-37
14Wolverhampton WanderersWolves620435-26
15Crystal Palace512258-35
16Southampton604247-34
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle6033714-73
18Leeds UnitedLeeds6033614-83
19Burnley6024511-62
20Norwich CityNorwich6006216-140

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!