Arsenal’s predicted starting XI to face Chelsea at Wembley
The FA Cup winners have taken the last three Community Shields, but Chelsea will be hoping to break that trend come Sunday when they take on Arsenal at Wembley.
The Premier League champions will likely role out their best XI with the aim of picking up the second piece of silverware of the Antonio Conte era and prevent the Gunners from winning their third Community Shield in four years.
The Blues will be without Eden Hazard due to injury while Arsenal are unlikely to bring star forward Alexis Sanchez back into the side as the Chilean just returned to training following the Confederations Cup.
The Gunners will be allowed to play Laurent Koscielny despite his domestic ban stemming from his straight red card in the final Premier League match against Everton. The FA have labeled the Community Shield a friendly, which allows Arsene Wenger to call upon his compatriot for Sunday’s match but not the first two league matches.
Both sides are likely to make a litany of substitutions as the match goes on, but should start the game with essentially a full-strength XI.
Both teams are expected to play a 3-4-3 this season and will be a very intriguing matchup on Sunday.
Here’s how we think Arsenal will line up to face their London rivals…