Breaking new:”He’s Not Good, he panics a lot in Big games, Chelsea needs someone better if they want to win the League” – Chelsea legend warns Pochettino to consider dropping 26y-man if he wanted to compete in the premier league trophy

The Chelsea team that Mauricio Pochettino might want to play against Arsenal and the one he can pick are likely to be different. Without Christopher Nkunku or a variety of defenders from Wesley Fofana to Benoit Badiashile and Trevoh Chalobah in the middle, the boss still hasn’t been able to select his best team since arriving.

Despite the international break issues, late returns and injury doubts cropping up near daily, the group on offer for the home match against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge is likely to be one of the strongest. Even missing those mentioned plus Romero Lavia, Pochettino will be able to call upon a host of attacking choices.

Armando Broja is not going to be amongst them but Raheem Sterling, Mykhailo Mudryk and Cole Palmer all are. The trio will surely need to be cut down to just two come 4:30pm on Saturday.

Unless the midfield engine room that has been central to recent success is to be disrupted and changed to allow for another No.10 then the team could look extremely similar to that of the one that faced off with Burnley. To break up the Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez and Conor Gallagher trio would be the hardest call of them all, in their past two games together Chelsea have scored six times with just the one goal coming against.

Gallagher in particular has been extremely effective as a link between defence and attack, driving forward on the turn and giving the ball to Palmer floating in off the right in dangerous areas. He is coming off the back of having a minor role with England over the latest break and will be comfortably the most fresh due to no real travel in the past fortnight.

Compare that to Caicedo and Fernandez, both of who have come back from South America and struggled off the back of the last international break as well, and Gallagher is a player that really cannot be left out. With Declan Rice almost certain to be in the Arsenal side alongside one of Thomas Partey or Jorginho it is the midfield battle that looks to be one of the defining factors for the game.

Being good and dominant between the two boxes hasn’t been the issue for Chelsea for the most part, though, it has been being lethal at either end. In attack Chelsea will need Jackson to show the composure that saw him score twice in his last two games rather than the version of him that has been missing big chances in front of goal.

He will be up against William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes, the two players that effectively shut out Erling Haaland during the win over Manchester City before the break. Jackson is a different type of player to the Norwegian Hulk and will need to test his opponents in similarly different ways.

The 22-year-old favours running in-behind rather than taking the ball to feet with his back to goal, he also likes to link-up with those around him in close proximity as opposed to Haaland’s lethal one-touch finishing attributes that allowed him to be marked well. There are certainly easier tasks out there but for Chelsea and their lack of Broja and Nkunku there is little choice.

Jackson has already shown that he is capable of being a menace and a threat so combining that with the play of Palmer between the lines will be of utmost importance. When it comes to the Sterling-Palmer-Mudryk selection choice it is the England Under-21 ace that has the advantage over the others with impressive performances across three starts now whereas the other two have been in and out of the team.

With Palmer Chelsea already have someone that has shown their talents against Mikel Arteta’s men this season as well. If they are to get anything from this game then harnessing Palmer and the skill that saw him score a brilliant goal at Wembley in the Community Shield will be vital to it.

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