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Premier League Preview: Chelsea vs Arsenal – Everything You Need To Know



Chelsea got their season up and running under new boss Maurizio Sarri with a win over Huddersfield last week.

But it was a contrast of success for another newcomer in the Premier League as Unai Emery tasted defeat with Arsenal.

The Gunners were beaten 2-0 at home by champions Manchester City. Now they will be looking to quickly resurrect their campaign with three points on the road against their London rivals.

The two sides met twice at Stamford Bridge last season – and it ended up 0-0 on both occasions. Will this be another stalemate?

Ahead of Saturday’s big game, here’s the lowdown on everything you need to know…

Team news and confirmed squads

Cesc Fabregas is out of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with his former club.

Fabregas’ minor knee injury could present a chance for Mateo Kovacic, on loan from Real Madrid, to make his debut.

Belgium ace Eden Hazard could make his first start since the World Cup.


Total (all competitions): Chelsea 62 wins; Arsenal 75 wins; 58 draws.

What time is kick-off and where is the match?

The game kicks-off at 5.30pm and takes place at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal will be without Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

The England Under-21 international suffered a small fracture to his leg in last weekend’s defeat to Manchester City and faces up to two months out.

Maitland-Niles played at left-back in that loss and is likely to be replaced by fit-again Nacho Monreal, with Danny Welbeck also back in training but Sead Kolasinac (knee), Laurent Koscienly (Achilles) and Carl Jenkinson (ankle) are absent.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been ruled out for up to eight weeks with a small leg fracture. Danny Welbeck, Nacho Monreal and Carl Jenkinson are all sidelined.

CHELSEA SQUAD: Kepa, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Hazard, Pedro, Moses, Kovacic, Giroud, Zappacosta, Willian, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Morata, Luiz, Emerson Palmieri, Ampadu, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi.

ARSENAL SQUAD: Cech, Leno, Bellerin, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Mustafi, Mavropanos, Papastathopoulos, Monreal, Nelson, Xhaka, Elneny, Torreira, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Latest match odds

Chelsea to win : 8/11

Draw : 11/4

Arsenal to win : 16/5


Martin Atkinson


Total (all competitions): Chelsea 62 wins; Arsenal 75 wins; 58 draws.


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