Chelsea take on Arsenal at Stamford Bridge for their first meeting of the 2018/19 season.
The two sides suffered contrasting fortunes on the opening day, with the Gunners losing 2-0 to last season’s runaway champions Manchester City whilst the Blues ran out 3-0 winners away at Huddersfield.
Arsenal and Chelsea have had their fair share of battles recently. The former eliminated the latter in last season’s Carabao Cup semi-final. Arsenal also emerged victorious from the 2017 FA Cup final against the same opponent.
The two sides have already met this season, with Unai Emery’s men emerging as victorious from a penalty shoot-out in the International Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium.
Both sides had an interesting transfer window, with Arsenal being the busier in terms of incomings, having brought in five players.
A combined XI was tough to pick with controversial choices across the pitch but this is what we have decided:
One of the hardest picks in the team, Courtois’ move to Madrid means that Leno is my pick for ‘keeper spot.
Lichtsteiner was a regular for Juventus as they claimed seven Serie A titles in a row. Whilst he was brought in to act as an understudy and help Bellerin with his development, I think he’s actually a better full-back than the Spaniard.
One of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League since his arrival, a move back to full-back looks likely under Sarri but I have him at CB in this XI.
A tough choice to partner Azpilicueta but I’ve gone with Christensen. The young Dane was excellent in his breakthrough year in England and will likely feature regularly under Sarri.
Alonso was a star player in Chelsea’s most recent title victory. He didn’t quite reach that form last campaign but is a good full-back.
No brainier. One of, if not, the best defensive minded midfielders in world football.
Jorginho was a key part in what made Sarri’s Napoli tick and has followed his manager to London. His partnership with Kante could be one of the best in the league.
The Welshman is a fantastic midfielder. He only has one year left on his contract and Arsenal will be hopeful of tying him down to a new deal.
A certain pick in this XI. Chelsea look to have fended off interest from Real Madrid for the star Belgian.
The Frenchman arrived in North London after a series of goal-laden seasons with Lyon but sometimes struggled to replicate that form in the Premier League. He’s picked over Morata and Giroud in the CF position.
Aubameyang will look to form a partnership with Lacazette that could become one of the best in the league and is my pick to challenge for the Golden Boot.