Strongest Arsenal Lineup That Can Beat Chelsea: Paulista Should Start

10 points the gap between the two big rivals from London, everything will boil down to two teams fighting it out for bragging rights and you never know momentum in the race for the League title. Arsenal are currently sitting second in the league table behind the leaders Chelsea as they face each other and with only 6 games remaining in the season, Chelsea could actually take a big step in claiming the title if they defeat Arsenal.

Arsenal v Chelsea Mourinho vs Wenger

On the other hand, Arsenal will be looking to consolidate a second place finish in the league and if things go right they could have a go for the Premier League title but that depends on a big Chelsea implosion which probably won’t happen, in this big clash, nerves play a big factor as 11 men from each side go out to battle. We predict the starting XI for Arsenal in this all important clash.

David Ospina

While Szczesny played in the FA Cup, it should be Ospina who returns to the team. Ospina has slowly but surely become Arsenal’s number 1 and is showing his form from the World Cup.

Nacho Monreal

The left back was rested against Reading in the FA Cup, but he should be fit to play in the game against the blues.

Laurent Koscielny

The best central defender that Arsenal, if he does not start the game for the Gunners, they could end up on the wrong side of the score line.

Gabriel Paulista

Paulista was brought on for Per Mertesacker in the FA Cup and could make the start against Arsenal. Paulista would have to play out of his skin to keep Diego Costa quiet throughout the game.

Hector Bellerin

The young right-back has been a revelation for the club and should return to the squad in place of Gibbs. It will be fun to watch him go against Chelsea’s wingers, providing a true test for the young defender.

Francis Coquelin

A battle to watch out for as Coquelin would take on another top defensive midfielder in Nemanja Matic, neither one of them would be looking to give an inch to the other. This could get really ugly.

Santi Cazorla

The Spanish maestro will be up against another Spanish maestro in Cesc Fabregas, the player who controls the game better could end up winning the game for their team.

Alexis Sanchez

The star in this Arsenal team or at least this season, Sanchez would be head to head against a rival for the Player of the year award in Eden Hazard, this would be an amazing battle between the two wingers.

Mesut Ozil

People might have forgotten about Mesut Ozil and playing him centrally might give him freedom but that stifles Ramsey’s influence in the game. Ozil would still need to do some defensive work if he is to help his team win.

Aaron Ramsey

Ramsey’s role since his return has been mixed in the squad, while he has played centrally in midfield, he has also been played out wide where his influence has been petered down, to get the best out of him, they need to play him down the middle, he is the best in that position.

Olivier Giroud

The star man for Arsenal has scored 18 goals this season and will be looking to score a goal or two against Chelsea. The big man does have a decent record of scoring in the big games and he could be vital for Arsenal in this game.

Written by Dinesh V

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