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Team News: Arsenal vs Chelsea

Mateo Kovacic, back from suspension, returns to the starting line-up.

Mason Mount is also back in the selected 11 as the other of two changes Frank Lampard makes to the side which began the Boxing Day defeat against Southampton.

Jorginho and Callum Hudson-Odoi are the two players making way. Nineteen-year-old right-back Tariq Lamptey is on the bench. 

Marcos Alonso and Reece James failed to recover from injuries that kept them out of the last game in time to be considered today, and Christian Pulisic felt a hamstring training after the Southampton game and is left out as a precaution. Olivier Giroud is also injured. 

For Arsenal, Calum Chambers is back in their defence after suspension to play alongside former Blue David Luiz. Matteo Guendouzi comes in for Granit Xhaka. 

Chelsea: Kepa; Rudiger, Zouma, Tomori; Azpilicueta (c), Kante, Kovacic, Emerson; Willian, Abraham, Mount. 

Subs: Caballero, Lamptey, Christensen, Jorginho, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi. 

Arsenal: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Chambers, David Luiz, Saka; Torreira, Guendouzi; Nelson, Ozil, Aubameyang (c); Lacazette.

Subs: Martinez, Mustafi, Mavropanos, Willock, John-Jules, Smith Rowe, Pepe.


Stats recap

Chelsea play Arsenal for the 199th occasion in all competitions, more often than we have played against any other club.

Arsenal have only won two of their last 15 Premier League meetings with London rivals Chelsea (five draws, eight defeats), though both of those victories have come on home soil – 3-0 in September 2016 and 2-0 in January 2019.

Our last league win at the Emirates was in January 2016 when a 23rd-minute Diego Costa strike was enough to secure the three points.

Arsenal have never lost a Premier League home game against Chelsea when they have scored the first goal, winning 11 and drawing four of their 15 such games.

There are plenty more Retro Blues games available in the box sets of videos available on The 5th Stand app
 

Chelsea have only lost our final league game in one of the last 16 calendar years (11 wins, four draws), going down 1-3 at home to Aston Villa in 2011.

Frank Lampard’s side have lost five of our past seven Premier League matches, winning the other two.

No team has won more Premier League London derby matches than Chelsea (129), one more than Arsenal.

Lampard’s playing record for Chelsea against Arsenal was 11 wins, nine draws and 11 defeats. He scored five goals.

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