Our first home game of the season is a big London derby. Club statistician Paul Dutton has the all key figures ahead of our return to the Bridge...
CHELSEA IN NUMBERS
Chelsea play Arsenal on Saturday for the 196th occasion in all competitions, more than we have played against any other club.
The Blues won five of our past six home league games against the Gunners and drawn the other (0-0 last season).
The Gunners' last victory at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League was in October 2011 when they won 5-3.
Arsenal have failed to score in four of their last five Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal won one of their past 13 Premier League clashes with Chelsea, although in all competitions they are unbeaten against us in six matches.
Chelsea have lost one of our last eight Premier League games (against Newcastle on the final day of last season), winning five and drawing two of those.
That visit to St James’ Park is the only league game in the past 10 when we failed to score.
We have won one of our last four games at Stamford Bridge, against Liverpool in May.
At Huddersfield, Jorginho became the 22nd Chelsea player to score on their Premier League debut for the club.
CLEAN SHEET ON DEBUT
- Only starting debuts listed. Clean sheets on debut as a sub are not included.
- Outfield players Bob Mackie (1905) and David Webb (1971) both started in goal on one occasion and kept a clean sheet but it was not on their debut for the club.
Ronald Brebner 27 Oct 1906 Grimsby (h) W 2-0 Div 2
Jack Whitley 23 Sep 1907 Newcastle (h) W 2-0 Div 1
Colin Hampton 25 Apr 1914 Everton (h) W 2-0 Div 1
Frank Higgs 28 Sep 1929 Tottenham (h) W 3-0 Div 2
Vic Woodley 29 Aug 1931 Middlesbrough (a) W 2-0 Div 1
Bill G Robertson 21 Apr 1951 Liverpool (h) W 1-0 Div 1
Peter Bonetti 2 Apr 1960 Man City (h) W 3-0 Div 1
Alex Stepney 3 Sep 1966 Southampton (a) W 3-0 Div 1
Petar Borota 3 Mar 1979 Liverpool (h) D 0-0 Div 1
Eddie Niedzwiecki 27 Aug 1983 Derby (h) W 5-0 Div 2
Dave Beasant 14 Jan 1989 Crystal Palace (h) W 1-0 Div 2
Neil Sullivan 3 Dec 2003 Reading (a) W 1-0 LC
Petr Cech 15 Aug 2004 Man United (h) W 1-0 PL
Henrique Hilario 18 Oct 2006 Barcelona (h) W 1-0 CL
Mark Schwarzer 24 Sep 2013 Swindon (a) W 2-0 LC
Kepa Arrizabalaga 11 Aug 2018 Huddersfield (a) W 3-0 PL
Chelsea used 32 players in our five warm-up matches (including the Community Shield).
League games since
A home win: 1
A home draw: 0
A home defeat: 3
At Huddersfield last week, David Luiz made his 200th Chelsea appearance in all competition and Alvaro Morata made his 50th appearance for the Blues in all competitions.
The following milestones could be reached against Arsenal:
Cesc Fabregas – 150th Chelsea start in all competitions.
Danny Drinkwater – 100th career Premier League appearance (Leicester/Chelsea).
13 League championships, last in 2004
13 FA Cups, last in 2017
2 League Cups, last in 1993
15 FA Charity/Community Shields (1 shared), last in 2017
1 European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994
1 Fairs Cup in 1970
Premier League - Sixth
FA Cup - Third round
League Cup - Runners-up
Europa League - Semi-finals
Community Shield - Winners
Top scorer all competitions - Alexandre Lacazette 17
The Gunners are seeking a first Premier League title for 15 years.
Arsenal have two victories in their last nine opening weekend Premier League games, drawing three and losing three.
The Gunners are hoping to avoid losing their first two Premier League games of the season for the first time since 1992/93.
Arsenal have gone 17 Premier League games without a draw dating back to 3 January, when Chelsea were the visitors to the Emirates.
On the road, the north Londoners have lost seven of their past eight in the Premier League.
Stephan Lichtsteiner is the oldest outfield player to make his Premier League debut for Arsenal, at 34 years 208 days.
Last season’s Premier League stats
Most starts: Granit Xhaka 37, Hector Bellerin 34, Petr Cech 34
Most goals: Alexandre Lacazette 14, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 10, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez 7
Manager: Unai Emery
Days in charge: 87
Unai Emery’s record v Chelsea
Arsenal's 10-year Premier League history
2018/19 results including pre-season
14 Jul Boreham Wood (a) W 8-0
26 Jul Atletico Madrid (Singapore) D 1-1, lost on pens
28 Jul Paris Saint-Germain (Singapore) W 5-1
1 Aug Chelsea (Dublin) D 1-1, won on pens
4 Aug Lazio (Stockholm) W 2-0
12 Aug Manchester City (h) L 0-2
Aubameyang 4 (1 pen), Lacazette 4, Nelson 2, Nketiah 2, Holding 1, Mkhitaryan 1, Ozil 1, Reine-Adelaide 1, Smith-Rowe 1
League games since
An away win: 0
An away draw: 8
An away defeat: 1
Thibaut Courtois Real Madrid
Mitchell Beeney Sligo Rovers
Jeremie Boga Sassuolo
Isaac Christie-Davies Liverpool
Cole Dasilva Released, now Brentford B
Matej Delac AC Horsens
Jonathan Panzo Monaco
Jordon Houghton MK Dons
Harvey St Clair Venezia
Tushaun Walters Released
LOANS OUT - all for the complete season
Kenedy Newcastle United
Kurt Zouma Everton
Lewis Baker Leeds United
Jamal Blackman Leeds United
Jay Dasilva Bristol City
Todd Kane Hull City
Trevoh Chalobah Ipswich Town
Reece James Wigan Athletic
Mason Mount Derby County
Kasey Palmer Blackburn Rovers
Fikayo Tomori Derby County
Charlie Colkett Shrewsbury Town
Dujon Sterling Coventry City
Nathan Baxter Yeovil Town
Jacob Maddox Cheltenham Town
Ruben Sammut Falkirk
Baba Rahman Schalke
Michy Batshuayi Valencia
SERIE A (ITALY)
Ola Aina Torino
Tiemoue Bakayoko AC Milan
Mario Pasalic Atalanta
LIGUE 1 (FRANCE)
Matt Miazga Nantes
Jake Clarke-Salter Vitesse Arnhem
Eduardo Vitesse Arnhem
SUPER LIGA (SERBIA)
Danilo Pantic Partizan Belgrade
SERIE A (BRAZIL)
Nathan Atletico Mineiro
SEGUNDA DIVISION (SPAIN SECOND TIER)
Jhoao Rodriguez Tenerife
LIGUE 2 (FRANCE SECOND TIER)
Victorien Angban Metz
EERSTE DIVISIE (DUTCH SECOND TIER)
Kyle Scott Telstar
SEGUNDA DIVISION B GROUP 3 (SPAIN THIRD TIER)
Josimar Quintero Lleida Esportiu
MAJOR ARSENAL MOVES
Stephan Lichtsteiner Juventus
Bernd Leno Bayer Leverkusen
Sokratis Papastathopoulos Borussia Dortmund
Lucas Torreira Sampdoria
Matteo Guendouzi Lorient
Santi Cazorla Villarreal
Per Mertesacker Retired
Lucas Perez West Ham
Jack Wilshere West Ham
Calum Chambers Fulham
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