Chelsea v Arsenal - Confirmed lineups - Wenger sufferers massive injury blow

The German has been replaced in the starting XI by Alex Iwobi with Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette also keeping their partnership together up front.

'We had a very positive end to last season and we played very well in games against the big teams, like Manchester City and Chelsea.

The Chilean, who was on the verge of joining Manchester City on transfer deadline day, was the star of the Europa League game against Cologne and scored a superb victor.

Chelsea suffered an opening day defeat against Burnley but have bounced back to win their last three games in the league, as well kicking off their Champions League campaign with an emphatic 6-0 win over FK Qarabag. They scored the first goal in them games. Victories against Tottenham, Everton and Leicester followed which have put Antonio Conte's men in a strong position going into this intriguing clash.

"There was an global break so that helped them because they weren't playing!"

Antonio Conte, meanwhile, is still unwilling to risk Eden Hazard following his lengthy lay-off with an ankle injury - the Belgium global will start the fixture on the bench.

Arsenal are likely to recall a host of first-team regulars for the short trip.

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. Despite getting off to a great start in the Europa League on Thursday, securing a 3-1 win over FC Koln, Arsenal's league form has been somewhat lacklustre as they now lie in 13th in the league standings, but it is still early days. Furthermore, the Gunners have not kept a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge in their last 12 visits.

Arsenal have won just two of their last 21 away games against a member of last season's top six - a run which stretches back to the beginning of the 2013-14 season.

Arsenal may not have managed to beat Chelsea in their past five at Stamford Bridge, but they have beaten the Blues in their past two games against them.

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