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How we predicted Arsenal to line up against Chelsea today


The £50million summer signing was due to start at the Emirates but has been struck down by an unspecified illness.

It means Mikel Arteta will likely have to go with a back four, with Pablo Mari being drafted in along Rob Holding, with Bukayo Saka taking a more advanced role on the left in front of Kieran Tierney.

The Gunners struggled with a back-four against Brentford last week and they have previously had success playing a back-three against the Blues.

Gabriel (knee) Nketiah (ankle) and Partey (ankle) are still not fit.

Arsenal predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Chambers, Mari, Holding, Tierney; Xhaka, Lokonga; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Saka; Aubameyang.

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Arsenal squad from: Leno, Ramsdale, Okonkwo; Bellerin, Cedric, Chambers, Holding, Kolasinac, Mari, Tavares, Tierney, White; Elneny, Lokonga, Maitland-Niles, Saka, Smith Rowe, Torreira, Willock, Xhaka; Aubameyang, Balogun, Martinelli, Nelson and Pepe.

Doubts: Aubameyang (Covid-19) and Willian (Covid-19)

Injured: Gabriel (knee), Lacazette (Covid-19), Nketiah (ankle), Partey (ankle) and Runarsson.


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