Unai Emery’s first, and so far only, taste of the London Derby with Chelsea saw the Pensioners come out 3-2 winners in August, but the Spaniard will be hoping to regain bragging rights in Arsenal’s own back yard on Saturday.
To do so, the former Paris Saint-Germain boss must drop one of his favourite squad members in Matteo Guendouzi as the defensive midfielder continues to show a lack of confidence and form.
In last weekend’s defeat to West Ham at the London Stadium, the 19-year-old failed to register a single successful tackle and only attempted to make two – Alex Iwobi and second-half substitute Aaron Ramsey were the only Arsenal players to attempt fewer.
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Guendouzi also only recorded four long balls on a day he completed 90% of his 63 passes, as the French Under 21 international attempted to keep things simple.
When under pressure, though, the £18million-rated midfielder continually went to ground without much provocation and should he do so at the Emirates on Saturday, Eden Hazard will have free reign to torment the Gunners’ struggling backline.
Granit Xhaka’s misplaced clearance may have led to Declan Rice’s goal in the Irons’ shock win, but the Swiss international is usually instrumental in ensuring play flows across the field for Arsenal, which should guarantee he retains his starting spot.
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If Emery does, for whatever reason, not consider Lucas Torreira fit and ready to go, having sat out the West Ham clash until the 59th minute, Mohamed Elneny must come into the starting XI in what could well be his final Arsenal appearance after penning what seemed like a goodbye message on Monday.
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