Two new managers will go head to head on Saturday in their first ever Premier League London derby – Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea host Unai Emery’s Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea got off to the perfect start with a 3-0 win at Huddersfield, while Arsenal’s start to the season was a stark contrast as they went down 2-0 at the Emirates against champions Manchester City.
Chelsea’s midfielder Cesc Fabregas is out of the clash with his former club which could in turn present an opportunity for new signing Mateo Kovacic, on loan from Real Madrid, to make his debut.
Eden Hazard could make his first start since the World Cup.
Arsenal will be without Ainsley Maitland-Niles. He suffered a small fracture to his leg in last weekend’s defeat to Manchester City and faces up to two months out.
Maitland-Niles 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.
Head to head Record
Chelsea have beaten Arsenal 62 times, but have lost 76 games against the Gunners. The sides have shared 52 draws, including two in the Premier League last season.
Predicted Starting XI
Chelsea : Kepa Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Hazard
Arsenal : Cech, Bellerin, Papastathopoulos, Mustafi, Lichtsteiner, Torreira, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang