Arsenal will take on Chelsea on Wednesday evening in a key Premier League match that is expected to have an impact on their chances of finishing in the top four. Arsenal have lost their last three league games in a row and face the prospect of losing even more distance on fourth-placed Tottenham if they fail to earn a good result at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Mikel Arteta has talked about the hardships his squad has endured in recent weeks, but he is optimistic that they will be able to reach their top four ambitions.
“It was quite tough because at our club, winning is everything, and they were three distinct games with the same result,” he said.
“As a result, we are really dissatisfied, and we are suffering. At the same time, we understand that the quantity of points earned from those games does not represent the amount of points earned from those games.
“Even if we have to figure out why we lost those games as well, we have nothing to look back on.
Everything is still up for grabs, our goal and passion are both still intact, and we have nothing to lose.
“We’re well aware of the difficulties ahead, and we’re prepared to face them.”
Cedric Soares is anticipated to keep his place at right back, despite the fact that Takehiro Tomiyasu has just recently returned to full training. Ben White and Gabriel are expected to start in defence, with Nuno Tavares set to start at left back for the first time this season.
Granit Xhaka and Sambi Lokonga are set to start in the midfield, with Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe, and Bukayo Saka all expected to be on the field.
After recovering from a positive coronavirus test, Alexandre Lacazette might play a role, and a number of younger players will be named to the replacements’ bench, according to the club.
Predicted Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tavares, Xhaka, Lokonga, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Saka, Martinelli.