Arsenal were pretty woeful at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, yet the club’s newfound resilience with Mikel Arteta leading the way saw them escape with a point.
The Gunners must swiflty improve with an imperative Champions League fixture on the horizon, with Arteta hoping his side can carry the momentum from the conclusion of Saturday’s draw into Tuesday’s clash in Seville.
Given the congested fixture list and the nature of Arsenal’s performance at the weekend, Arteta is expected to make a couple of changes to his starting XI.
Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Sevilla
Here’s how Arsenal could line up against Sevilla in Group B on Tuesday night.
Goalkeeper & Defenders
David Raya (GK) – Heavily criticised for his performance at the Bridge, but Arteta is likely to continue with Raya in Seville.
Ben White (RB) – A model of consistency in the Arsenal backline, White is set to extend his contract soon and will continue in the team.
William Saliba (CB) – An injury doubt ahead of the visit to Chelsea, Saliba’s toe held up at the weekend and he should be fine for this Champions League clash.
Gabriel (CB) – The ever-present Brazilian has been excellent since being re-integrated and will undoubtedly continue in the side alongside Saliba.
Takehiro Tomiyasu (LB) – Oleksandr Zinchenko was sub-par at Chelsea, and I expect the boss will make a change here with Tomiyasu getting a warranted start.
Thomas Partey (DM) – Partey is back fit, but he was an unused substitute at the weekend. Arteta will bring the midfielder back into his starting XI after Jorginho struggled back at the Bridge.
Declan Rice (CM) – The England international has been stellar, and it was his pinpoint effort from range which brought Arsenal back into the game last time out.
Martin Odeagard (CM) – Odegaard should get rotated out of the side in the next few games, but such rotation is more likely to take place at the weekend when Sheffield United come to town.
Bukayo Saka (RW) – Saka had been shut down by Marc Cucurella before he delivered the decisive moment which brought about Leandro Trossard’s equaliser. Arteta must be careful with his superstar, but he’ll start on Tuesday.
Gabriel Jesus (ST) – Jesus was quiet on Saturday, but his influence on this Arsenal side means he should continue up top.
Gabriel Martinelli (LW) – Trossard is vying for a start, but the Belgian has so far been incredibly effective as a performer off the bench in north London. Thus, Martinelli is expected to start again in Seville and face off against veteran Jesus Navas.