Arsenal and Chelsea face each other in the International Champions Cup tie in Dublin on 2nd August 12:30 AM (IST)
Both the sides start the match under new managers, Unai Emery, who comes to the match after a convincing 5-1 victory over PSG and Maurizio Sarri, who has his first major test as on Sunday in the Community Shield, will be on the path to getting his players more accustomed to his highly dynamic style of play.
Let's do this 👊 pic.twitter.com/9k6fGqfieh
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 1, 2018
Arsenal will have a decent squad with Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey and new signings Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouzi all performing in the pre-season friendlies. On the other hand, Chelsea are missing stars Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Olivier Giroud and Thibaut Courtois due to their World Cup ventures.
Game day in Dublin! 👊
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 1, 2018
Here, we pick the Combined XI among the stars of Arsenal & Chelsea for their upcoming ICC match.
Goalkeeper – Bernd Leno (Arsenal)
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 26, 2018
The German keeper has not had a dream start to his Arsenal career but has loads of experience at the age of just 26. Leno is clearly the better option than Marcin Bulka or Willy Caballero.
Right-Back – Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
— César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) July 31, 2018
The experienced Spanish fullback who can also operate as a centre-back has proven himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League. Azpilicueta will be crucial in the match against their London rivals.
Centre-back – Rob Holding (Arsenal)
Many a time have the big-name Arsenal defenders failed to perform and at those times, Rob Holding has stepped up. Such as been the case in the ICC this year as well. The 22-year-old defender also scored a spectacular header against PSG in their last game.
Centre-back – David Luiz (Chelsea)
"I came back to Chelsea to stay."
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) July 30, 2018
David Luiz is set to make a revival of his career this year after being shunned by former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. Under Sarri, the 31-year-old Brazillian is apparently content.
Left-back – Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)
— JD Football (@JDFootball) July 22, 2018
The 27-year-old Spanish wing-back has been a constant threat on the left flank, scoring goals and providing assists consistently. Marcos Alonso will play a key role in the upcoming match.
Centre Defensive Midfield – Jorginho (Chelsea)
A slightly strange penalty from Jorginho… but it gets the job done! 🎯 pic.twitter.com/AQbZBUsMa5
— Goal UK (@GoalUK) July 29, 2018
Jorginho has slotted right into the Chelsea midfield and looks set to be irreplaceable under Sarri. The 26-year-old Italy international will be one of the most crucial players on the pitch in Sarri’s possession-based system.
Centre Attacking Midfield – Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 29, 2018
The German midfielder is one of the best playmakers in the world. Mesut Ozil captained the Gunners against PSG and scored the opener.
Left Midfield – Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)
The 17-year-old Chelsea wonder kid, Callum Hudson-Odoi has been nothing short of phenomenal in the pre-season friendlies for Chelsea this year.
Right Midfield – Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a man on a mission 👏 pic.twitter.com/CuyjC85uGw
— Goal UK (@GoalUK) July 27, 2018
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has come into the squad this year as probably the fittest player in the squad. The 29-year-old Armenian midfielder is set to thrive under the new system.
Striker – Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)
Lacazette restores the lead for Arsenal, 2-1. Emile Smith Rowe with the assist just a minute after coming on pic.twitter.com/hdovIYIvpp
— Terje (@ArsenalTerje) July 28, 2018
Alexandre Lacazette comes to the match after scoring a brace against PSG in 45 minutes. The 27-year-old striker is flourishing under the new system.
Striker – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Mood of the day 👌🏽🔋🔥 pic.twitter.com/GczAJCzFRk
— Aubameyang P-E (@Aubameyang7) July 31, 2018
The partnership between Aubameyang and Lacazette seems to be forming into one of the most deadly attacks in the World. It will be intriguing to see them perform in the bigger stages as they are now.