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How Arsenal could face Chelsea with two key players fit to return for a crunch clash

ARSENAL need an away result at Chelsea to avoid losing four straight games and suffer another damper on their Champions League hopes.

But they may be able to bring back two stars trying to get fit.

Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah will fight to start at Chelsea

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Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah will fight to start at ChelseaCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

That gunners suffer a scare spell after defeats by Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton.

They take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night, with a 19.45 kick-off under the lights in a reduced-capacity stadium.

The Blues recovered from their heartbreak against Real Madrid to get past Palace and secured their place in the FA Cup final.

That win came 24 hours after Mikel Arteta’s side suffered one Shock 1-0 loss at St Mary’s.

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captain Alexandre Lacazette missed the game due to Covid with Eddie Nketiah, a rare start was enough.

Cedric Soares continued at right-back but was finally able to return to the bench Long-term absentee Takehiro Tomiyasu is passed fit.

arteta said: “With Laca we are assessing him today to see if he is available for the team, obviously as you all know he had Covid so he was gone for a few days.

“So we’re trying to find out how he feels and where he stands if he can contribute in any way to the team.

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“Tomi is very, very close. We’ll decide again today after training whether this game will be too early for him or not.”

Aaron Ramsdale will start in goal while Ben White and Gabriel continue at centre-back – although recent results could cause some convulsion.

Nuno Tavares is likely to play at left-back with Albert Sambi Lokonga and Granit Xhaka in midfield.

Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard should start with either Emile Smith Rowe or Gabriel Martinelli on left flank, supporting either Nketiah or Lacazette as No.9.

Takehiro Tomiyasu has been sorely missed by the Gunners since January

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Takehiro Tomiyasu has been sorely missed by the Gunners since JanuaryCredit: Alamy

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