Arsenal predicted lineup vs Chelsea – Saka scores on return?

An Arsenal predicted lineup vs Chelsea is difficult considering Mikel Arteta’s ambiguity over the fitness of some of his key players. The international break always poses a risk that players can come back to their clubs with injuries, while some can use it to aid recovery.

Both teams will be looking to field their strongest XI possible, and Arsenal especially will want to continue their unbeaten Premier League (PL) start, and extend their streak of three consecutive wins at Stamford Bridge. No team in PL history has won four in a row at Chelsea’s ground.

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Gabriel Martinelli celebrates scoring the winner as Arsenal beat Manchester City 1-0 last time out. Date: Sunday October 8, 2023 – Photo by Icon sport

Arsenal predicted lineup vs Chelsea

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Mauricio Pochettino confirmed in his pre-game press conference that Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo are “ready” to play, while Benoit Badiashile could make the bench. Cole Palmer is also presumed to be fit, after being rumoured to be a doubt.

Reece James, Axel Disasi and Nicolas Jackson need to be assessed, while Armando Broja, Trevoh Chalobah, Carney Chukwuemeka, Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana, Romeo Lavia and Christopher Nkunku are long-term absentees.

Arteta was much less revealing in his conference, and so it is unclear whether Bukayo Saka, William Saliba and Leandro Trossard have recovered fully from injuries picked up before or during the international break. Jurrien Timber is a long-term absentee.

Arsenal predicted lineup

Raya – White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko – Partey, Rice, Odegaard – Saka, Jesus, Martinelli

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Arsenal players celebrate with the fans after beating Manchester City. Date: Sunday October 8, 2023 – Photo by Icon sport

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Bukayo Saka missed the Manchester City game after getting injured against RC Lens. Date: October 3, 2023 (Photo by Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport)

Bukayo Saka – Ready to return?

Saka missed the Manchester City game last time out after picking up an injury in Arsenal’s UEFA Champions League defeat to RC Lens, and subsequently pulled out of England’s squad for their international fixtures.

However, there is a chance he will return against Chelsea, and could make the difference in the attacking third, having recorded five goals and five assists already this season.

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Martin Odegaard scored a brace against Chelsea in May – Photo by Icon sport

Martin Odegaard – Captain Fantastic

Odegaard has won all four games he has played against Chelsea, and will be looking to continue that streak on Saturday evening. He also scored a brace when the two sides last met – Arsenal beat the Blues 3-1 in the PL in May.

Nonetheless, Odegaard leads by example as captain on the pitch, and in a fierce London derby, his leadership is needed.

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Kai Havertz will want to do damage against his former club – Photo by Icon sport

Kai Havertz – A return to the Bridge

Havertz will be playing against Chelsea for the first time since making the £65m switch to London rivals Arsenal this summer. He only has one goal and assist in the PL this season, but both have come in his last two appearances.

A goal against Chelsea would do wonders for his confidence, and could really help kickstart his Gunners career.

Arsenal predicted lineup vs Chelsea – The Final Word

Arsenal could make history by becoming the first team in the PL era to beat Chelsea four times in a row at Stamford Bridge. If that is not motivation enough, they would rise to the top of the table above North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur with victory.

If Saka is deemed fit, we could see a front three of Saka, Jesus and Martinelli for the first time this season, which could be a trio too deadly for Chelsea to stop.

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