Premier league news Arsenal and Chelsea combined XIs selected ahead of FA Cup final Last spor news

MetiNews.Com - Arsenal and Chelsea face off in the FA Cup final this afternoon so we decided to ask our writers to select their combined XIs ahead of the match

Premier league news Arsenal and Chelsea combined XIs selected ahead of FA Cup final Last spor news

MetiNews.Com - Arsenal and Chelsea face off in the FA Cup final this afternoon so we decided to ask our writers to select their combined XIs ahead of the match

Premier league news  Arsenal and Chelsea combined XIs selected ahead of FA Cup final Last spor news
01 August 2020 - 09:08

Breaking News ! Arsenal face Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup final this afternoon in an all-London derby, with the Gunners intent on gaining revenge for last season's 4-1 thrashing at the hands of the Blues. Frank Lampard's men go into the game as favourites having finished the Premier League season with a flourish to secure a fourth-place finish, with Chelsea securing Champions League football on the final day of the 2019/20 campaign. Arsenal, meanwhile, recorded their lowest league position in 25 years, eventually finishing eighth, to ramp up the pressure on the final with Europa League qualification at stake in addition to silverware. There has been plenty of debate in the build-up to the fixture about the various individual duels likely to take place on Saturday evening and so we decided to get each of our four reporters across Arsenal and Chelsea to pick their own combined XIs. Read More Related Articles Mesut Ozil absence at Arsenal explained ahead of FA Cup final clash with Chelsea Read More Related Articles Timo Werner trains again as Willy Caballero shines ahead of FA Cup final Here's what they came up with... Art de Roché Arsenal are clear in the goalkeeping department and with Emi Martinez confirmed to start, he will be the man between the sticks. For more balance, a back three will be used. Cesar Azpilicueta and Kieran Tierney will play as the composed wide centre-backs, capable of contributing to attacks from deep while Rob Holding takes the central role. Despite his inconsistencies, he has shone in this role specifically. Ainsley Maitland-Niles will act as an inverted wing-back to protect the central areas behind N'Golo Kante and build play with Mason Mount as the No.10. Granit Xhaka will be the deeper-lying playmaker, dictating play as Bukayo Saka pushes up the left to support the attack. How to get our daily Arsenal newsletter Why should you sign up? In each football.london Arsenal bulletin, we'll be bringing you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces, as well as the key talking points for fans. We'll also send special newsletters when big stories break or there's a special event happening. How do you sign up? It's easy and only takes seconds. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article - or any article on the Arsenal section of football.london in fact - labelled 'Get the biggest daily stories by email' and click 'Subscribe'. And that's it, you're all set. If you decide later that you no longer wish to receive the emails, simply follow the unsubscribe link in one of the newsletters - but we don't think you'll want to. For more details, click here. Mount playing as the No.10. not only gives the side a creator but will allow Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to play more centrally. He will work off Olivier Giroud as opposing nature of the pair's games may complement them nicely, causing defenders real problems. Art's team: Martinez; Azpilicueta, Holding, Tierney; Maitland-Niles, Kante, Xhaka, Saka; Mount; Aubameyang, Giroud. Arsenal representatives: 7 Chelsea representatives: 4 James Benge Up front, picking just three from the rich array of talent seems ludicrously unfair, leaving no room for Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe, Willian, Tammy Abraham, Bukayo Saka or Eddie Nketiah. Meanwhile, at the back it's time to scrabble around for whatever semblance of a functioning defence one can find. If Shkodran Mustafi were fit he would probably be in this team and for all that he has improved under Mikel Arteta that says everything you need to know. Instead, we have repurposed a full-back to play in central defence, resisted the temptation to do the same with Kieran Tierney and very nearly plumped for Reece James at right-back off the back of 35 games. Hector Bellerin shades it by a whisker. Perhaps the biggest challenge came in picking three from four in that midfield, where Granit Xhaka has enjoyed a career renaissance unlike anyone else in the Premier League over 2020. It seems perverse to pick him over N'Golo Kante however.

. James' team: Martinez; Bellerin, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Tierney; Kante, Mount, Kovacic; Pulisic, Giroud, Aubameyang Chelsea representatives: 7 Arsenal representatives: 4 Alan Smith Discounting injuries Bernd Leno is obviously the goalkeeper in this combined team but Arsenal's second-choice, Emi Martinez, is still preferable to any of Chelsea's options. Neither side are the most convincing defensively so it does not matter what combination we settle on: they will concede goals. With that in mind and considering this is Just a Bit of Fun, let's go with a three-man defence. Cesar Azpilicueta, the Chelsea captain, may not be the most spectacular performer but he is the most reliable. He gets the nod on the right, while on the left Kieran Tierney seems the best choice. Between them is a tough one (no one deserves it?) but Kurt Zouma gets the nod, for me, over David Luiz. Read More Related Articles Guendouzi and Ozil absent in Arsenal training ahead of FA Cup final Read More Related Articles Roman Abramovich proves Chelsea commitment once again The midfield is packed with options but Chelsea's are superior. In the centre, N'Golo Kante gets the gig alongside Mateo Kovacic, with Mason Mount on the left in an unfamiliar role on the basis of his defensive contribution with a more recognised wing-back in Hector Bellerin on the right. In attack, Christian Pulisic and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are musts, with Olivier Giroud in between them. They will concede a few but I'd back them to score even more. Alan's team: Martinez; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tierney; Bellerin, Kante, Kovacic, Mount; Aubameyang, Giroud, Pulisic. Chelsea representatives: 7 Arsenal representatives: 4 Oliver Harbord The Chelsea goalkeeper situation is completely up in the air right now and even though he is Arsenal number two, Emiliano Martinez is still in a better position than Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero. Martinez has impressed since Bernd Leno’s injury and looks like a pretty solid goalkeeper for the Gunners so he lines up in goal. At the back, I've gone for a clean sweep of Chelsea defenders, with club captain Azpilicueta on the right-hand side of the three alongside Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger. In the right wing-back role, the Blues can get the best out of James with his ability on the ball and the superb crosses he can provide. He has more protection behind him and it gives him more freedom to venture forward and cause damage down the right. My midfield duo is Mateo Kovacic and N'Golo Kante; the latter might have struggled with injuries this season, but Kante is still one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. He gets into the side and it shouldn’t even really be an argument. How to get our daily Chelsea newsletter Why should you sign up? In each football.london Chelsea bulletin, we'll be bringing you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces, as well as the key talking points for fans. We'll also send special newsletters when big stories break or there's a special event happening. How do you sign up? It's easy and only takes seconds. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article - or any article on the Chelsea section of football.london in fact - labelled 'Get the biggest daily stories by email' and click 'Subscribe'. And that's it, you're all set. If you decide later that you no longer wish to receive the emails, simply follow the unsubscribe link in one of the newsletters - but we don't think you'll want to. For more details, click here. On the left side, meanwhile, Kieran Tierney has shown he has real potential to be a top player for Arsenal and pips Marcos Alonso to the role. Mason Mount is likely to set the tempo in terms of pressing and putting the Arsenal defence under some real pressure, while also looking to create when on the ball so he slots in on the right alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. While Olivier Giroud has impressed since the Premier League’s return, Aubameyang has been outstanding this season and the real shining light for Arsenal. His ability to lead the line or play out wide makes him a dangerous opponent, and he is certainly one of the key marksmen in the league and my frontline is completed with Christian Pulisic. Like Mount, he's another player who since the restart has been firing on all cylinders and the future of the American is looking very, very bright. He will fancy his chances of making a big impact against the Gunners, and his pace is going to be crucial to breakthrough. Oli's team: Martinez; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger; James, Kovacic, Kante, Tierney; Mount, Aubameyang, Pulisic. Chelsea representatives: 8 Arsenal representatives: 3

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Premier league news Arsenal and Chelsea combined XIs selected ahead of FA Cup final Last spor news


Premier league news Arsenal and Chelsea combined XIs selected ahead of FA Cup final Last spor news


Premier league news Arsenal and Chelsea combined XIs selected ahead of FA Cup final Last spor news


Premier league news Arsenal and Chelsea combined XIs selected ahead of FA Cup final Last spor news

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