Arsenal team news & likely line up

first_imgArsenal 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. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, Mkhitaryan is expected to be back for Arsenal’s FA Cup clash against his former club Manchester United next week.Henrikh Mkhitaryan Arsenal 2018-19Arsenal Suspensions Arsenal have no suspended players for this match. Possible Arsenal Starting Line-UpEmery 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 XIChelsea 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. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Ranil says Tamils must be protected

He says working towards one Sri Lankan identity is the only solution to any issue in the North or South of the country. Wickremesinghe says the UNP is of the firm view that any person belonging to any race or religion has the freedom to promote their culture and traditions. The UNP leader is in Jaffna to campaign in support of the UNP candidates contesting the September 21 elections.Yesterday he met the Jaffna Bishop as well as civil society members in Jaffna. (Colombo Gazette) Opposition United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe says the Tamils in the North should be able to live a dignified life with their human rights protected.Speaking at an election rally in Jaffna, the UNP leader said that northern and southern extremism is not the solution for any issue. read more