TEAM NEWS: Giroud dropped while Oxlade-Chamberlain starts for Arsenal against Chelsea

Comments()
Getty Images
The Gunners have made four first-team changes from the starting XI which suffered a 2-1 defeat to Watford in midweek, while the hosts made one swap

Alexis Sanchez will start up front for Arsenal while Olivier Giroud has been dropped to the bench for Saturday's game against Chelsea.

Arsenal and Chelsea to lock horns in China

The French striker started at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday as the Gunners suffered a 2-1 loss to Watford, while Alexis lined up on the left wing.

GFX Info Chelsea XI vs Arsenal 04022017

However, Arsene Wenger has switched things around for the encounter at Stamford Bridge, with the Chilean leading the line ahead of Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil. Meanwhile, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will start in midfield, having replaced Aaron Ramsey from the midweek XI.

Hector Bellerin is the other first-team change for Arsenal, having replaced Gabriel Paulista.

GFX Info Arsenal XI vs Chelsea 04022017

Chelsea, on the other hand, have made just one change from the team that drew 1-1 with Liverpool during the week, with Pedro replacing Willian in attack to support Diego Costa.

Antonio Conte's men sit nine points clear of nearest rivals Tottenham and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League ahead of the game, with Liverpool and Manchester City a further point behind. 

Next article:
India on the lookout of a Technical Director
Next article:
De Jong admits talks with PSG and City before signing for Barca
Next article:
'I do not regret' resting Messi - Valverde defiant after Barcelona defeat
Next article:
Tottenham boss Pochettino insists Premier League should delay VAR introduction
Next article:
Palace keeper Hennessey charged over alleged Nazi salute
Close