Arsenal predicted lineup vs Chelsea: Odegaard starts, Pepe up front
Here is our predicted lineup for Arsenal as they prepare to host Chelsea in their second Premier League clash of the season this weekend.
Who comes into our Arsenal predicted lineup?
The headline inclusion in Mikel Arteta’s lineup could well be Martin Odegaard. The Gunners reportedly hope that their £30 million target can be signed in time to feature.
He is awaiting a visa ahead of a potential move. Obviously, that could scupper his chances of making his second debut as soon as this weekend.
The supporters will hope for plenty of changes after their opening day defeat.
Including Odegaard would be a positive move. And Arteta could take another gamble. He must decide who leads the line against the Blues.
Unfortunately, Folarin Balogun struggled against Brentford. But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may not be ready to return. And Alexandre Lacazette will miss out. So perhaps Nicolas Pepe may be risked.
Pepe has played up front in the past. And he may be able to cause more problems than Balogun.
The Ivorian pushing forward may open the door for Bukayo Saka to make his first start of the season.
Who could miss out?
It would potentially be a surprise if Balogun started.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Martinelli could drop down to the bench also.
If Odegaard plays, Emile Smith Rowe may move out to the left.
With that in mind, here is our Arsenal predicted lineup in full…