Arsenal vs Chelsea predicted XI: It’s the final countdown

Arsenal, Dani Ceballos (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Arsenal, David Luiz
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This position essentially fills itself out save for one decision to be made on the left side of the back three. With Shkodran Mustafi now out and half the defense out already, not to mention Sokratis being told to leave the club, David Luiz is going to be asked to do better against his old club than last time he faced them when he gave up a red card and put the Gunners behind.

If you’re stressed about him having to face Chelsea again, you’re not alone, but Luiz is a professional and I have faith he can do the job that needs doing.

On the right, Rob Holding has to start. I’m a little leery about his lack of athleticism, but I’m thrilled to have his aerial presence, especially if we’re tasked with stepping up against long-time Gooner Olivier Giroud.

On the left it’s between Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac. This is not an easy choice to make. I would love to see Tierney out at left wingback, but I think for the sake of avoiding putting Kolasinac here, Tierney needs to play centerback.

On to wingbacks.