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Mikel Arteta drop 4 reason the victory will belong to the gunners on Saturday
we won Manchester united, Manchester city, draw point with Tottenham Hotspur
That was a Big game four us, but at this point I’m confident that the victory will belong to us on Saturday.
Arsenal return to Premier League action this weekend with a London derby against Chelsea following the conclusion of the October international break. The Gunners head to Stamford Bridge having won their last three encounters against the Blues away from home with the aim of heading top of the table as leaders Spurs are not in action until Monday evening.
Minus the Champions League defeat to RC Lens, Arsenal have made an unbeaten start to the 2023/24 season with a huge victory picked up against Manchester City earlier this month. Mikel Arteta was able to guide his team to victory without Bukayo Saka who picked up a hamstring issue ahead of the game which makes him a doubt to face Chelsea.
Arteta will have also been concerned about allowing Partey out on international duty, and while his return is welcomes, it has given the Arsenal boss a triple team selection dilemma after finding his latest undroppable. Elsewhere, David Raya has spoken out on his relationship with Aaron Ramsdale after taking his spot in Arsenal’s starting XI.
Here are your Arsenal morning headlines on Wednesday, October 18
Arsenal undroppable emerges
Mikel Arteta has seen a new Arsenal undroppable emerge as he is prepares his team to face Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend.
The likes of William Saliba and Bukayo Saka have made themselves integral to Arteta, where if available they will likely play every minute, and it now looks as though Ben White has emerged as another star of mass importance.
That is because the versatile defender is unbeaten in all of his starts for the Gunners this season with Takehiro Tomiyasu replacing him from the off in the European defeat in France, highlighting his importance to the Gunners.
Triple dilemma for Chelsea
The injury return of Thomas Partey looks set to give Mikel Arteta a significant team selection dilemma ahead of this weekend. Following the international break, the Gunners return to action with a London Derby against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a ground they have not lost at since 2018.
Arteta will be hoping for good news regarding the availability of Bukayo Saka in the lead up to the game after he picked up a hamstring injury earlier this month. On a positive note, Partey is back in contention despite handing out an injury scare while on international duty.
However, the chances of a starting return appear low considering the two options he may replace have been in scintillating form for the Gunners during his absence.
David Raya has responded to an honest Aaron Ramsdale admission after taking his spot in Arsenal’s starting XI. The Spaniard was signed on a season-long loan, which is expected to be made permanent in 2024, from Brentford this summer as competition in goal for Ramsdale.
While in Three Lions camp, Ramsdale took on Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah in a game of Carrot in a Box. Discussing the funny matchup, Nketiah told Channel 4: “I think that’s going to be his downfall, to be honest, he wants to win too much.” Ramsdale then appeared to speak for the first time on losing his starting spot with a brutally honest admission in response. “I do want to win,” Ramsdale said. “I haven’t won much recently.”
The two teammates broke out into laughter, but it is certainly possible he was referring to the battle against Raya he is currently losing. And in the wake of that, Raya has now commented on the situation, revealing what Arteta has told him and his current relationship with Ramsdale.