Combined eleven: Arsenal vs Chelsea, 6 players from Arsenal and 5 from Chelsea
As two of the Premier League’s top clubs prepare to face off at the Emirates on Sunday, it will be interesting to see which team comes on top, as Arsenal go head to head against Chelsea. The Gunners will be hoping to extend their lead at the top of the points table while the Blues will try their best to climb up the standings, as they currently lie at 14th place. Arsene Wenger’s side had been performing well this season, especially at home and will want to keep winning games, as Guus Hiddink’s side make the trip to north London. The three points will be up for grabs as these games can be won by any side and both sides have some key players in good form. Injuries have been a problem for the two English giants though both managers could have a few key players back on time for this one.
Here is what my chosen combined lineup of players from the two teams:
Former Chelsea superstar and Wenger’s summer buy, Petr Cech has made a huge difference since completing his move to the Emirates. Thibaut Courtois might have replaced the veteran keeper at Stamford Bridge, yet he remains my pick for the squad based on this season’s performances though the Belgian is superb at goal as well.
The back-line will consist of a couple of players from each side as Hector Bellerin and Laurent Koscielny have really made a difference to the home side in the current campaign and are undoubtedly doing a great job at the back. On the other hand, John Terry and Cesar Azpilicueta will also be included in the four-man defensive line. Nacho Monreal has done a really good job for Wenger, since claiming his place in the starting eleven last term, yet overall based on performances over the two seasons and contributions pushing forward, Azpilicueta has been a title winning defender. He has been one of Chelsea’s best defender so far this season, if not the best and his consistent form despite poor results earns him a spot in this side. Per Mertesacker’s lack of pace and injury problems see John Terry picked ahead of him.
The pairing of Nemanja Matic and Aaron Ramsey are my picks over the likes of Mathieu Flamini, John Obi Mikel and others. Cesc Fabregas has not been consistent this term and with Ramsey scoring and creating a lot more than the former Arsenal man, the pair is my pick. In front of them will be Arsenal’s best player this term, Mesut Ozil along with Eden Hazard on the left and Willian on the right. Alexis Sanchez is still a doubt for this game and the Brazilian has scored some great goals this season. On the other hand, Hazard has not been in good form, yet can turn any game on its head with the skill that he has. Walcott also is one option, though he has looked much better as a striker than a winger.
Olivier Giroud will be the lone striker up front, ahead of Diego Costa and his team-mates. The Arsenal man has been strong, as he has led the front-line and has scored some crucial goals for his side. He has silenced his critics from the start of the season with some well taken individual goals as
well and the fans will want him to perform well once again.
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