Time to return things to normal.
Chelsea’s third pre-season game of the season takes them to Dublin, Ireland where they will take on fellow London rivals Arsenal. A pre-season fixture against Arsenal has become a constant feature and the same fixture was played in Singapore last year where Chelsea won 3-0. The season that followed saw Arsenal go unbeaten against us, something that the Chelsea players should be eager to rectify this season starting with this friendly. The friendly also comes as the only fixture before our Community Shield game against City on Sunday and so we should see a starting lineup of sorts in the first 45 minutes at least.
Chelsea Team Preview
Chelsea take a similar team to Dublin as they did to Nice with the only exceptions being Zouma who seems to be out injured while Musonda has also been left at home presumably thought to be heading out on loan. Loftus-Cheek has returned early from his holiday and should at least get some minutes to impress Sarri during the game. With the Community Shield coming up we should expect to see a lineup that could start that game.
Arsenal Team Preview
Arsenal having replaced Wenger with Unai Emery this season seem to be heading for a new era. The transfer window and the World Cup has been generous to them as several players were either not participating or left out of their national team squads. Arsenal brought in the likes of Lichtsteiner, Leno, Sokratis, Torreira, and Guendouzi. The North Londoners have played two International Champions Cup friendlies having lost to Atletico on penalties, and having beaten PSG 5-1 although PSG were largely playing a youth team. The squad itself is largely back for the last few weeks and so we should see a strong lineup.
Starting XI Prediction
This game is a good test for Sarri against proper Premier League opposition, it should be an interesting game and if we are clinical we should be able to win the game. Either way it is good preparation before facing City in the Community Shield.