Ozil, Guendouzi or Ceballos? Arsenal lineups vs Chelsea as Mikel Arteta makes midfield decision

Arsenal are in need of three points.

Things have looked up for the Gunners since Mikel Arteta arrived at the club as Unai Emery’s replacement, but results have not shown it just yet.

Arteta has just one win to his name in five matches in charge and will be looking to get revenge on Chelsea for the 2-1 defeat the Blues imparted on his side in only his second game in charge at the end of December.

Arsenal had led that game, but two late goals for the Blues won it for Frank Lampard.

How will this Tuesday night contest at Stamford Bridge go? Can Arsenal close the gap to the top four to seven points?

We asked our Arsenal reporters and fans to name the team they would play if they were in Arteta’s shoes.

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Art de Roche – Arsenal writer

Although he is being assessed ahead of Chelsea, Tuesday may not be the time for Sokratis to return to the side. Shkodran Mustafi played well in his place over the 90 minutes against Sheffield United and easing the Greek back against Bournemouth could be best.

With Sead Kolasinac still out, Bukayo Saka should look to build on his impressive display on the weekend. Making his mark offensively and defensively, he looked much more comfortable at left-back than in recent weeks.

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Playing 90 minutes against the Blades, Lucas Torreira seems back to full fitness. With this in mind he should be starting once more to give Arsenal the edge in midfield.

Gabriel Martinelli also proved why he was the perfect replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and should keep his place on the left.

It may be too early for Eddie Nketiah to start. Despite Mikel Arteta ensuring he has the chance to, the 20-year-old still needs to build his match sharpness.

De Roche’s team: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Luiz, Saka; Torreira, Xhaka; Pepe, Ozil, Martinelli, Lacazette.

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Andy Ha – Live blog editor and Arsenal fan

Saturday’s draw with Sheffield United highlighted the problems which still exist for Mikel Arteta. There is a sense that things are starting to improve under his stewardship, but the trip to Chelsea will serve as a true acid test of Arsenal’s progress.

The team selection should be fairly predictable, with injuries and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s untimely suspension limiting the changes that Arteta could make. Ainsley Maitland-Niles should again start, with Hector Bellerin more likely to play in the FA Cup tie against Bournemouth.

If Sokratis recovers from illness, he should partner David Luiz, while Bukayo Saka is certain to play with Sead Kolasinac still injured. Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira will both make up the pivot in front of the back four, but Arteta could well decide to include an extra midfielder at the expense of Mesut Ozil.

I would personally start the German, however, with Dani Ceballos likely to be rusty and Matteo…