Arsenal boss Arteta's radical XI to beat Chelsea with Martinelli up front and Holding in


Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta may ring the changes as he looks to end a run of three consecutive defeats against Chelsea tonight. Arsenal’s form must change quickly if they are to finish in the Premier League top four after losses to Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton. Express Sport picks a starting XI Arteta could go with at Stamford Bridge to change his side’s fortunes.

Goalkeeper – Ramsdale

Arsenal need Aaron Ramsdale back to his early-season best. The England international has looked slightly more shaky of late and hasn’t kept a clean sheet in any of his last four matches.

The Gunners have lost all four of those games but Arteta is unlikely to bring in Bernd Leno for such a big game. Ramsdale needs to be a calming presence behind a defence lacking a bit of confidence.

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Attack – Pepe, Martinelli, Saka

Arsenal’s record signing Nicolas Pepe has not started a Premier League match since last October. Arteta said the winger returned a “different” player from the Africa Cup of Nations in February.

He has barely featured since but now is the time Arteta put faith in the Ivorian. Alexandre Lacazette missed Saturday’s match after testing positive for Covid and may not be ready to start this one.

Eddie Nketiah didn’t quite pass his test so Gabriel Martinelli could start up front at the scene of his famous goal from 2020. Bukayo Saka would likely start on the left if Pepe does get the nod to start.

Arsenal XI Arteta could pick vs Chelsea in full: Ramsdale, White, Gabriel, Cedric; Elneny, Xhaka; Pepe, Odegaard, Saka; Martinelli.


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