Arsenal vs. Chelsea: Combined XI | Premier League 2019-20
- Arsenal welcome the Blues to Emirates on Sunday. Here's a combined XI of the two teams based on this season's form.
Centre Backs: Antonio Rüdiger & Fikayo Tomori
It’s obvious that neither of Arsenal’s centre-halves was going get into this starting XI. As a unit, Chelsea’s back five has looked way more solid than that of the Gunners. This has been helped by the return of Antonio Rüdiger, which has provided a massive lift for Lampard’s inexperienced side. The German was out 84 days, missing 18 games in the process. Now he’s back, he’ll able to guide his surrounding young defenders.
One of those youngsters is Fikayo Tomori. The young CB has had a breakout season at the Bridge, heavily impressing the masses. The 22-year-old displays great athleticism, strong tackling and is confident at passing out from the back.
Midfield: N’Golo Kante, Jorginho & Mateo Kovačić
At times, Chelsea’s midfield has been unplayable this season. Lampard has been able to instil his philosophy mainly through his midfield three. This trio has showcased dominance, control of possession, skill, defensive work rate and quick one-two passes, all things Arsenal’s midfield has failed to show.
N’Golo Kante has once again shown the world that he’s one of the best midfielders in the world. Wherever he’s deployed, the Frenchman excels due to his attention to detail and exceptional work rate, whether it’s as a #6 or #8, Kante always delivers for his teammates.
Like Kante, Jorginho has found himself deployed in several positions this season but has ultimately performed best as a holding midfielder. The 28-year-old has averaged 71 passes a game, with an 87.6% passing accuracy. It’s no wonder Manchester City were so keen to get his signature.
Mateo Kovačić has taken his game to another level this season. The man who Real Madrid rejected has shown his true potential under Frank Lampard, pulling the strings in the final third. The Croatian’s close control has been reminiscent of a certain Eden Hazard at times.Published 28 Dec 2019, 04:07 IST