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Premier League

  • October 29, 2011
  • • 12:45
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 41801

Premier League Preview: Chelsea v Arsenal

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



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


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 line-up 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 match.

  • 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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Available Squads
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
3Ashley ColeDefender
26John TerryDefender
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3José BosingwaDefender
8Juan MataStriker
8Frank LampardMidfielder
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
-Jamal BlackmanGoalkeeper
-Ryan BertrandDefender
23David LuizDefender
-Oriol RomeuMidfielder
15Florent MaloudaMidfielder
-Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
17Romelu LukakuStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
11Andre SantosDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
4Per MertesackerDefender
5Johan DjourouDefender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
17Alexandre SongMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
20Robin van PersieStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
21Lukasz FabianskiGoalkeeper
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
23Thomas VermaelenDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
35Emmanuel FrimpongMidfielder
10Chu-Young ParkStriker
Players to Watch
Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
3 1 0 0
His late winner against Everton in midweek maintained his goalscoring run on what is proving to be a breakthrough season for the young striker.

He now has five goals in eight appearances in all competitions and should be fresh enough to start here.
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 27
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Ivorian has two league goals so far this season and has quickly cemented his position in the Gunners’ first XI.

What better way for him to further announce his Premier League arrival than with a match-winning performance against highfliers Chelsea?
Chelsea found themselves incredibly unlucky to come away with nothing after facing much of their clash with QPR with just nine men.

They showed similarly impressive spirit after Ross Turnbull’s early red card against Everton and the confidence from that late win should provide a boost ahead of a tough game.

Arsenal have improved hugely since their poor start but a trip to face an in-form Chelsea at Stamford Bridge may just be a step too far.

If the Blues acquit themselves in the way they have thus far this season they should run riot against a never wholly reliable Arsenal defence.
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