Chelsea v Arsenal - match preview, predicted starting line-ups & Opta stats

Beth Cruz
September 18, 2017

Captain Gary Cahill might return to the side after impressing in midweek, but midfielder Danny Drinkwater is out with a calf injury until next month.

FC Koln in the Europa League.

Alexis Sanchez will feature after playing the whole game on Thursday night, where Theo Walcott (calf) hobbled off. Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are definitely out.

"If we want to be close to the top of the table after two defeats then we have to win the big games and this is the first opportunity for us to do so".

Don Hutchison and Alison Bender delve into the differing coaching styles ahead of Chelsea's clash with Arsenal.

He's not the only striker new to London who has enjoyed a solid start to the campaign. After their loss against Burnley on opening weekend, the Blues have returned to form and look like the reigning champions again.

The Gunners also handed Conte the most chastening defeat of his reign earlier that season with a 3-0 victory in the league, as well as defeating Chelsea in the Community Shield at the start of this term. "You do not win the FA Cup like that and nobody gives you a red carpet to win it".

Egypt worldwide Mohamed Elneny has revealed that Arsenal are aiming to win the Europa League this season following their 3-1 win over FC Köln.

"But I think that we have to try to think only to play the game and I think this is the best way". When you play against Arsenal it is the same as when you play against [Manchester] City, Liverpool, [Manchester] United or Tottenham.

It's also worth noting that Jack Wilshere will play no part in Sunday's match at Stamford Bridge as he's been omitted from the Arsenal matchday squad.

On both occasions, they failed to keep 11 men on the field and Conte said: 'I hope to finish the game with 11 players.

Defeats at Stoke and Liverpool have left Arsenal four points off the pace in the Premier League after their first four games.

The other reason I think Holding deserves a break is that he was one of the few Gunners to get stuck in and show fight in that hard first half, so let's give the guy a chance shall we? This win just shows how capable we are of winning the Europa League.

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