Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Chelsea: Trossard keeps his place

  • Arsenal host mid-table Chelsea in midweek London derby
  • Gunners returned to winning ways at Wolves on Saturday
  • Jurrien Timber likely to be only absence on Tuesday
Leandro Trossard opened the scoring at Wolves on Saturday
Leandro Trossard opened the scoring at Wolves on Saturday / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal can pile the pressure on their title rivals with a victory over Chelsea on Tuesday night.

The Gunners got the job done on Saturday as they overcame Wolves 2-0 at Molineux to return to winning ways after a wretched eight days which saw them exit Europe and lose ground in the title race.

Arteta's men were far from their imperious best, but results are all that matter at this stage of the season.

An unpredictable Chelsea are next on the horizon for the Gunners. Another win would see them open up a four-point gap over Manchester City before they kick-off against Brighton on Thursday night.

Here's the starting lineup Arteta could pick for the Blues' midweek visit.

Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Chelsea

Leandro Trossard
The Gunners returned to winning ways at Molineux / Malcolm Couzens/GettyImages

Goalkeeper & Defenders

David Raya (GK) - Raya certainly had to work for yet another away clean sheet on Saturday, making a stellar first-half save to deny Joao Gomes. Can he shut Chelsea out on home soil?

Ben White (RB) - The Englishman's availability has never wavered this season, even during times of strife. He'll remain in the side for the remainder of the campaign having hopefully overcome a tough period.

William Saliba (CB) - The elegant Frenchman will be tested by Nicolas Jackson on Tuesday. The Chelsea striker may be woeful in front of goal, but he knows how to run a channel.

Gabriel (CB) - Gabriel will fancy the physical duel with Jackson, although he isn't quite as well-built to deal with Jackson's threat in behind compared to Saliba.

Takehiro Tomiyasu (LB) - Left-back is perhaps the one area of instability in this Arsenal side. Arteta has rotated his options consistently as of late, and we could see Tomiyasu come back into the team on Tuesday - even if Cole Palmer misses out through illness.


Jorginho (CM) - The added edge of facing his former club could convince Arteta to return Jorginho to the lineup after he was an unused substitute at Molineux.

Declan Rice (CM) - Having endured a dip during Arsenal's tough eight days, Rice was back to a more recognisable level on Saturday. Arteta will expect Rice to start the rest of the Gunners' fixtures.

Martin Odegaard (CM) - Wolves felt the wrath of Odegaard yet again, and Odegaard will now be looking to score in this fixture having netted twice against the Blues at the Emirates last season.


Bukayo Saka (RW) - Saka hasn't scored a Premier League goal at the Emirates since 24 February. A breaking of that duck would certainly be welcomed in midweek, especially with Palmer lining up for the opposition.

Kai Havertz (ST) - Havertz would love to stick it to his former club having switched his capital allegiances in the summer. The German started in midfield at Molineux, but is more likely to be utilised up top on Tuesday.

Leandro Trossard (LW) - The Belgian is the most in-form of Arsenal's attackers, and he deserves to keep his place after netting the opener in Saturday's win. Anne Hathaway is also a fan.