Confirmed line-ups: Chelsea vs Arsenal – Holding & Elneny start

By on April 20, 2022

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Arsenal desperately need to come away with a positive result when we take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Mikel Arteta must have read my article from earlier [just joking, obviously!] as he’s decided to start Rob Holding alongside Gabriel with Ben White moving to right-back. Nuno Tavares keeps his place at left-back with Cedric Soares dropping out.

Mohamed Elneny is also recalled to make a rare start in midfield with Albert Sambi Lokonga making way. Granit Xhaka and Martin Odegaard join Elneny in the Arsenal midfield this evening.

Eddie Nketiah retains his place up front so Alexandre Lacazette has to make do with a place on the bench after returning to the squad following covid.

Gabriel Martinelli drops to the bench with Emile Smith Rowe recalled to join Bukayo Saka in Arsenal’s attack. Nicolas Pepe is also named among the substitutes but there is still no place for Takehiro Tomiyasu in the squad.

As for Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku starts up front with Timo Werner. N’Golo Kante lines-up in midfield along with Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Andreas Christensen starts in defence along with Malang Sarr so there is no place for Antonio Rudiger or Thiago Silva.

These are the line-ups for the game:


Mendy; James, Christensen, Sarr; Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Kante, Alonso; Mount; Lukaku, Werner

Subs: Arrizabalaga, Chalobah, Jorginho, Silva, Barkley, Pulisic, Ziyech, Havertz, Saul


Ramsdale; White, Gabriel, Holding, Tavares; Elneny, Odegaard, Xhaka; Saka, Nketiah, Smith Rowe

Subs: Leno, Cedric, Swanson, Lokonga, Azeez, Hutchinson, Martinelli, Pepe, Lacazette