Chelsea vs Arsenal: FA Community Shield Preview

The Premier League kicks off its new season at the much coveted Wembley stadium which will witness the intense London Derby for the second time this summer, with FA Cup being the previous one. Arsenal fans would like their team to replicate the performances that Arsenal put up that day against a resilient Chelsea side who had just lifted The Premier League trophy about a week ago. The FA Community Shield if far from a friendly. It’s usually a litmus test, a trial by fire as both the teams gear up to achieve greatness in their respective campaign.

Chelsea fans would like to put that fixture behind them as the Blues Fans witnessed their team turn up fatigued and tired due to the thin squad maintained by Antonio Conte. While this might be true, one only needs to give credit to Arsene Wenger, who couldn’t field his strongest XI due to injuries and suspensions.

Here’s the predicted lineup for The Gooners:

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We expect Arsene to field an effective 3-4-3 against Chelsea with Lacazette, Ozil and Welbeck forming the front three. Unlike during the FA Cup, we expect Cech to start in goal, with the experienced shot-stopper being preferred over David Ospina who had a brilliant game during the FA Cup Final.

We expect Koscielny to be back leading the backline as Mustafi, Chambers and Holding have been given extended vacations on account of their international duties during the summer.

Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey are predicted to be starting at the middle of the park with Mohammed Elneny being a preferred backup option available for selection.

Sanchez is unavailable for selection as he aims to regain his fitness amidst stalling contract talks. We expect Arsenal to field the strongest squad available for selection as Arsene Wenger looks to start the season on a positive note.

While we think Chelsea may lineup like this:

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A departure from the traditional 3-4-3, we expect Antonio Conte to play a 3-5-2 as he looks to counteract the firm pressing that Arsenal apply centrally which widely succeeded against the Stamford Bridge outfit back in May.

We expect newboy Alvaro Morata to start for Chelsea, while Bakayoko, Eden Hazard and Pedro being the absentees. We expect the much sought after talent Charly Musonda to start on the bench and be involved during the match for a limited time.

We expect Willian to occupy the space between the attackers and the Central Midfielders, forming a bridge between them and adding to the Counter-attacks with the help of his blistering pace. While we may also see Willian move out to his natural position of RW as Chelsea might transform into the traditional 3-4-3 midway during the game. Thereby offering Antonio Conte enough versatility to tackle Arsenal’s counter tactics against his own.

We expect Chelsea to run out as 2-1 winners with new boy Alexandre Lacazette finding the net for Arsenal and the in-form Batshuayi scoring the brace for blues.

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