Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Chelsea
Arsenal will take on Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday night at the Emirates Stadium, where a victory for the Blues will see them leapfrog the Gunners in the race for the Premier League title. A victory for Arsenal will see them extending their lead at the top by five points with their London rivals.
Team News: Arsene Wenger confirmed yesterday that Lukas Podolski is available for selection for this tie, while Jack Wilshere will miss out through suspension.
So, how will Arsenal shape up for this crunch Premier League encounter?
Defence: The Gunners conceded 6 goals against Manchester City in their last match, which Wenger described as a shocking result, so an extra emphasis will be given to maintain a solid defensive shape against the Blues. The Frenchman will miss the services of defender Laurent Koscielny with a knee injury, so expect skipper Thomas Vermaelen to partner German defender Per Mertesacker at the heart of defence. Kieran Gibbs who missed the last match against City is expected to take the left-back position once again.
Midfield: Ramsey will continue at the central midfield role while either of Mikel Arteta or Flamini could start. Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil will operate on the left flank and no 10 role respectively, while Theo Walcott, who impressed against City, could start on the right wing.
And in the forward role, Wenger has no choice really and will have to start with lone striker Olivier Giroud. Here is the possible line-up for the Gunners:
Prediction: 1-1; Expect a fascinating contest while both the managers would be happy with a draw.