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Arsenal vs. Chelsea, Community Shield: Confirmed lineups

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Chelsea already collected one trophy at Wembley this weekend.  Now, we try for two.  Though this trophy-plate thing is a bit less important than the Women's FA Cup final.  But, it's definitely more important than your standard friendly ... while also less important than actual league, cup, or European matches.



Arsenal starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Petr Cech | Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Hector Bellerin | Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla | Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey | Theo Walcott

Substitutes from: Emiliano Martinez, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Gabriel, Mikel Arteta, Alex Iwobi, Olivier Giroud

Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1/4-3-3):
Thibaut Courtois | Cesar Azpilicueta, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic | Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic | Eden Hazard, Willian, Ramires | Loic Remy

Substitutes from: Asmir Begovic, Kurt Zouma, Mikel, Oscar, Juan Cuadrado, Victor Moses, Falcao


So, no Diego for us, but Loic Remy should be just fine.  Ramires starting means this could turn into a 4-3-3 at any given moment.  Or he drops into the midfield alongside Matic while Cesc pushes up to the #10 spot.  Or Ramires stays wide in a defensive winger-esque role, with Willian resuming his #10 role from the end of last season.  The rest of the starting spots are filled by their usual occupants.

At the opposite end, Chelsea legend Petr Cech starts in goal, but, as expected, there's no Alexis Sanchez and Walcott starts at center forward.  Plenty of speed in the Arsenal lineup then, providing a good early test for our aging back four.

Let's go.

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