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,ย will be on the path to getting his players more accustomed to his highly dynamic style of play.

Arsenal will have a decent squad with Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey andย new signings Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouziย all performing in the pre-season friendlies. On the other hand, Chelsea are missing stars Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Olivier Giroud and Thibaut Courtoisย due to their World Cup ventures.

Here, we pick the Combined XI among the stars of Arsenal & Chelsea for their upcoming ICC match.

Goalkeeper – Bernd Leno (Arsenal)ย 

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.ย 

Right-Back – Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

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.ย 

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.ย 

Centre-back – David Luiz (Chelsea)

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.ย ย 

Left-back – Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)

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.ย  ย 

Centre Defensive Midfield – Jorginho (Chelsea)

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 –ย Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

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 has come into the squad this year as probably the fittest player in the squad.ย  The 29-year-old Armenian midfielder is set to thrive under the new system.

Striker – Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)

Alexandre Lacazette comes to the match after scoring a brace against PSG in 45 minutes. The 27-year-oldย striker is flourishing under the new system.

Striker – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

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.

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