Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Chelsea

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Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's Premier League match against Maurizio Sarri's side at Emirates Stadium

Arsenal return to Premier League action on Saturday when they face Chelsea at Emirates Stadium.

After a promising start to the season under new coach Unai Emery, the Gunners have managed to register just two wins in their last six Premier League fixtures, losing three, with their last defeat a 1-0 loss to West Ham.

The Gunners are six points behind their London rivals and will be determined to secure a positive result as they chase the coveted top-four spot.


Arsenal Injuries


Henrikh Mkhitaryan (broken metatarsal), Rob Holding (knee) Danny Welbeck (ankle) are all unavailable for the fixture.

However, Mkhitaryan is expected to be back for Arsenal's FA Cup clash against his former club Manchester United next week.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan Arsenal 2018-19

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Arsenal Suspensions


Arsenal have no suspended players for this match. 


Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up


Emery could decide to bring Mesut Ozil back into the starting XI after leaving him out of the squad completely against West Ham.

Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac look likely to start at full-back, while Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be in attack to give the Gunners extra firepower.

Alex Iwobi is the probable option on the flank while Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira are expected to be the central midfield partnership.

Arsenal XI


Chelsea Team News


Alvaro Morata is expected to return after a hamstring injury but Ruben Loftus-Cheek faces a spell on the sidelines following a back injury suffered during the 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

Gary Cahill has been used sparingly by manager Maurizio Sarri while former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has just joined Monaco on a permanent transfer.


TV Coverage & Kick-Off Time


The game will be shown live on BT Sport in the UK with a kick-off time of 5:30pm GMT (12:30pm ET) and will be available to be watched live on television in the US with NBC.


Best Opta Match Facts


  • Arsenal have won just one of their last 14 league games against Chelsea (D5 L8), with that win coming at the Emirates in September 2016 (3-0).
     
  • Chelsea are looking to do the Premier League double over Arsenal for the fifth time, after doing so in 2005-06, 2009-10, 2012-13 and 2015-16. Only Liverpool and Man Utd (5 each) have done so against the Gunners this many times in the competition.
     
  • Only Liverpool (13) have kept more Premier League clean sheets this season than Chelsea (10), while only Fulham (2) have kept fewer than Arsenal (3).
     
  • Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has kept just one clean sheet in his first 15 Premier League starts – only three goalkeepers (Gavin Ward, Julian Speroni and John Ruddy) have kept fewer in their first 15 starts in the competition (all none).
     
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been directly involved in 20 goals in 18 Premier League home games for Arsenal (15 goals, 5 assists).
     
  • Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud could become the second player to score for both clubs in Premier League meetings between Arsenal and Chelsea, after Cesc Fabregas.

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