[3-4-2-1] Wilshere, Alexis, Lacazette and Ozil start in Strongest Arsenal XI vs Chelsea

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The fierce London rivals switch their focus to League Cup after falling miles behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

Arsenal suffered a surprise exit from the FA Cup on the weekend after a heavy 5-2 defeat to the 16th placed Championship team Nottingham Forest. Wenger did went in with an understrength squad, but that is not a welcome excuse for the underwhelming performance.

Besides, the team is also struggling in the Premier League with the team occupying 6th spot in the standings. Their form coming into this match is nothing but below par with the latest three resulting in 2 draws and a defeat.

Furthermore, Arsenal had won just once during their last 5 away matches.

On the other hand, Chelsea are coming after a goal-less draw with Norwich in the FA Cup tie. But they do have a chance to progress to the next round with the reverse leg set at their home turf.

Unlike Arsenal, the Blues are coming on the back of a strong run of results. Conte’s men are unbeaten in their last 8 matches in all competitions and their home form is a stellar 4 wins on the bounce.

Moreover, the only team to have beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since matchday 1 of the Premier League is the run-away leaders Manchester City.

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