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  • 29 October 2011
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Chelsea - Arsenal Preview: Gunners Face Toughest Test Of Their Revival In London Grudge Match

Both sides ran out winners in their midweek League Cup ties but the Blues will now hope to get their Premier League title challenge back on track after disappointment against QPR


PROBABLE LINEUPS

CHELSEA

Cech
Bosingwa, Terry, Luiz, Cole
Mikel, Lampard, Meireles
Mata, Torres, Sturridge

ARSENAL

Szczesny
Djourou, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Santos
Arteta, Song, Ramsey
Gervinho, Van Persie, Walcott

Andre Villas-Boas’ side managed a late win at Goodison Park in the League Cup this week without many of their first team stars.

Ross Turnbull’s red card in that match meant they played a second game in four days at a numerical disadvantage, but should be able to freshen up their squad sufficiently ahead of the Gunners’ visit.

Fernando Torres is expected to make his league return, replacing the suspended Didier Drogba, and is in fine form after two recent Champions League goals against Genk.

Arsene Wenger’s much-changed League Cup team managed to come from behind to win against Bolton in midweek.

That tie allowed Arsenal to rest much of their first team but saw the return from injury of Thomas Vermaelen, however, the Belgian is unlikely to make the starting lineup in the league game.

Robin van Persie is likely to return to the starting XI after coming from the bench to help the Gunners beat Stoke in their last league game.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • These teams have faced each other 38 times in the Premier League.
  • Arsenal have won 16 matches of those matches with a Chelsea win and a draw occurring on 11 occasions each.
  • Chelsea are without the suspended Didier Drogba (right), who has scored in their last three victories over the Gunners.
  • These sides have received a total of eight red cards so far this season – Chelsea with five and Arsenal three.
  • Chelsea have finished above their London rivals in each of the last seven seasons.
  • If selected, Ashley Cole will be making his 157th league appearance for Chelsea, finally surpassing his league appearance total for Arsenal.
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1Petr CechGoalkeeper
3Ashley ColeDefender
26John TerryDefender
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3José BosingwaDefender
8Juan MataStriker
8Frank LampardMidfielder
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
7RamiresMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
46Jamal BlackmanGoalkeeper
-Ryan BertrandDefender
23David LuizDefender
6Oriol RomeuMidfielder
15Florent MaloudaMidfielder
14Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
17Romelu LukakuStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
27Andre SantosDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
4Per MertesackerDefender
5Johan DjourouDefender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
17Alexandre SongMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
27GervinhoStriker
20Robin van PersieStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
21Lukasz FabianskiGoalkeeper
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
5Thomas VermaelenDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
35Emmanuel FrimpongMidfielder
10Chu-Young ParkStriker
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