Monday, 18 December, 2017

Ozil out of Chelsea v Arsenal, Sanchez and Hazard on bench

Stacy Diaz | 17 September, 2017, 16:06

After a rough start to the season in a 3-2 loss to Burnley in their opening Premier League fixture, Chelsea have found form and look nearly unstoppable. I've picked a team to win a football match, not a fantasy side based on technical ability.

But Wenger defended his record in big away games over his 21-year tenure at Arsenal, saying: "If you look at my record, you will see that I played two years in England in the Premier League without losing a game away from home".

"What I like about Chelsea is that even when they are under pressure they always offer a threat on the counter".

Arsene Wenger is preparing to hand Jack Wilshere, whose last game for the Gunners was almost 13 months ago, some match time against the Bundesliga outfit. Despite getting off to a great start in the Europa League on Thursday, securing a 3-1 win over FC Koln, Arsenal's league form has been somewhat lacklustre as they now lie in 13th in the league standings, but it is still early days.

Sanchez made only his second start of the season in what turned out to be a goalscoring effort in the 3-1 win over FC Koln in the Europa League three days ago and any impact he makes this afternoon will have to come as a substitute.

Conte has utilised a 3-4-3 formation in the majority of his games as Chelsea boss, with his decision to sacrifice a defender from an orthodox four-man back line paying dividends as the Stamford Bridge side continue to rack up the goals due to their additional attacking options.

If Arsene Wenger wants any hope of defeating Chelsea, he will need to play his strongest team, which he failed to do against Liverpool when he left Alexandre Lacazette and Kolasinac on the bench.

They have not won at Stamford Bridge since 2011, and also lost at Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham last season, drawing at Manchester United.

Wenger's men seem more motivated as of late, so expect an Arsenal side up for the challenge.