After a shock 1-0 loss to West Ham last weekend and Manchester United’s win over Spurs – the results drew the Red Devils level on points with the Gunners, with a marginally better goal difference the only thing keeping the latter higher in the standings – getting something against Chelsea next time out is a must if they want to close the gap on the top four.
Thanks to some good business in the summer, though, Emery has a number of ways in which he can approach neutralising the Blues’ midfield – doing so is crucial to stopping ‘Sarri-ball’.
Lucas Torreira got off to a flyer at the start of the season and won Arsenal hearts with his tireless running, tackling and tenacity, but has seems to have fallen out of favour at the Emirates and has not started a game in 2019 – a surprise considering his skill set is unique in the Gunners ranks.
Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey, despite his impending summer exit, has been up there with one of the north London outfit’s best players this season and brings a touch of class to proceedings; Granit Xhaka is their most accomplished passer besides Mesut Ozil; and Matteo Guendouzi gives the Gunners a verve and directness.
The question to you Arsenal fans, therefore, is, assuming that Emery continues with a 3-4-3, which of the aforementioned names would you partner in midfield against Chelsea? Let us know by voting in the poll below…