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A midday kick-off on Sunday after taking part in on Thursday evening is much from ideally suited, however because of BT Sport that’s what we’ve acquired as we speak as we journey to Stamford Bridge to tackle Chelsea.

Mikel Arteta ‘rested’ seven of the facet that began within the Premier League towards Nottingham Forest final weekend, and Granit Xhaka’s suspension meant he acquired the very occasional luxurious of a while off. The harm to Takehiro Tomiyasu should certainly rule him out of as we speak’s sport, and it offers the supervisor a choice to make as a result of I believe the Japan worldwide would have began as we speak if he was match.

Kieran Tierney performed properly and scored in midweek, whereas Oleksandr Zinchenko returned the bench. The final time he began was the North London derby on October 1st, so that you’d assume it’s unlikely he’d be thrown in so shortly. Nonetheless, as Lewis identified on the preview podcast, earlier than the win over Sp*rs, his earlier begin was towards Man Utd on September 4th. He solely missed two video games in that interval due to an Interlull, this time round he’s been sidelined for 9, so we’ll must see if Arteta feels he can get into the rhythm immediately – however there’s some precedent for his return.

Past that, the crew picks itself. Gabriel Jesus, having saved all his objectives for this sport, would be the man to steer the road, and the thought of Gabriel Martinelli working at Cesar Azpilicueta – who’s prone to begin at proper again for Chelsea – is an thrilling one. Bukayo Saka on the fitting was kicked out of the Forest sport, and I totally count on he’ll be on the tip of a meaty problem or two as we speak. Whether or not he ever will get one other free kick once more stays to be seen but when referees are going to present penalties for the form of ‘contact’ on Kevin de Bruyne yesterday, there needs to be jail sentences for what occurs to Saka.

Chelsea have been strong beneath Graham Potter, and whereas final week’s defeat to Brighton was their first beneath him, it did exhibit some vulnerability. Brighton blew them away early on, and Arsenal have been quick starters this season and I’m certain that will probably be a part of the plan as we speak if doable. Little question Chelsea will probably be anticipating that too, and will probably be ready, however hopefully the vitality that has helped us accomplish that properly thus far this season will probably be there once more.

As I discussed yesterday, the Aubameyang stuff is only a sidebar to the primary occasion. Clearly going through a former participant who left in contentious circumstances at all times provides a little bit of drama, however the actuality is we’re in higher form now than we had been when he was right here. He made a improbable contribution on his greatest days, however by the tip his degree had fallen significantly. It doesn’t imply he’s not nonetheless harmful, a striker of his expertise is at all times somebody you need to be careful for, however hopefully no matter he does or doesn’t do as we speak is irrelevant due to what we do on the different finish.

Proper, I’m gonna depart it there. Kick off is midday, as I mentioned. We’ll have stay weblog protection for you as at all times, and all of the post-game stuff on Arseblog Information. Catch you later for the sport.

Come on you reds!

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