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Confirmed line-ups: Arsenal vs Chelsea: Guendouzi starts, no Xhaka in squad

By on December 29, 2019

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Mikel Arteta takes charge of his first home game as Arsenal manager when we take on Chelsea this afternoon.

There is no Granit Xhaka in the squad which will fuel rumours he’s set to leave the club next month. Matteo Guendouzi joins Lucas Torreira in midfield while Mesut Ozil keeps his place in the middle of the park.

Reiss Nelson starts ahead of Nicolas Pepe on the right wing while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette also keep their places in the Arsenal attack against Chelsea today.

Calum Chambers comes in for Sokratis – who’s ruled out with concussion – and Ainsley Maitland-Niles  starts at right-back with Hector Bellerin still not available for selection.

These are the teams for the game:

Arsenal

Leno; Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Luiz, Saka; Torreira, Guendouzi; Nelson, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette

Subs: Martinez, Mavropanos, Mustafi, Willock, Smith Row, Pepe, John-Jules

Chelsea

Kepa, Rudiger, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Emerson, Willian, Mount, Abraham

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Jorginho, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, Lamptey

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