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How Arsenal could line up against Chelsea

Sports Mole predicts how Arsenal will set out their side for Saturday's Premier League showdown with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Unai Emery will be hoping to get his Arsenal tenure up and running at the second time of asking with a positive result against Chelsea on Saturday evening.

Following their opening-game loss to Manchester City, the Gunners make the short trip to Stamford Bridge for the pick of this weekend's Premier League ties.

Arsenal's attempts to play the ball out from the back did not exactly go to plan against the champions, but Emery also felt that there were positives to take away from the match, meaning that changes may be kept to a minimum.

Here, Sports Mole predicts how the new man in charge may set out his side in West London.



Arsenal possible XI vs. Chelsea
Arguably the biggest decision for Emery to make in the days leading up the game is whether to stick with Petr Cech in goal or go with summer signing Bernd Leno, who looks a far better fit for the Spaniard's preferred style of play.

Having held off from using Leno against Man City, though, it seems unlikely that the German stopper will be thrown in at the deep end away to Chelsea, even if Cech's display last weekend did lead to some amusement.

Emery will also be hoping that Hector Monreal is back in contention after sitting out the opening match of the season, as makeshift full-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles picked up an injury to join Sead Kolasinac on the sidelines.

Elsewhere, Lucas Torreira has been tipped to start at Stamford Bridge after being given an extra week to find his feet, which would likely mean young midfielder Matteo Guendouzi dropping down to the bench.

Alexandre Lacazette did his chances of a start no harm with his display from the bench against City, meanwhile, but including the French striker from the off would mean leaving out one of Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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