Chelsea vs Arsenal – Tuchel full strength as Arteta springs a surprise


Chelsea vs Arsenal team news- Tuchel full strength as Arteta springs a surprise

A meaningless game?

Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge this evening with little more to play for than pride. Sitting in ninth place, Arteta’s side are four points adrift of seventh place and European football with just three games left to play.

On the flip side, Chelsea sit in fourth place, six points clear of fifth-placed West Ham, and almost assured of a place in next season’s Champions League. With an FA cup final against Leicester coming up for Thomas Tuchel’s side, and a Champions League final against Manchester City also on the horizon, it could prove to be a fantastic season for the west London outfit.

Chelsea vs Arsenal team news- Tuchel full strength as Arteta springs a surprise

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Mason Mount of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Leeds United at Stamford Bridge on December 05, 2020 in London, England. A limited number of fans are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas – Pool/Getty Images)

Team News:

Chelsea:

Andreas Christensen misses out after limping off against Manchester City in the first half, whilst Matteo Kovacic is also unavailable as Chelsea seek revenge against the Gunners, who beat them 3-1 in the reverse fixture. After resting key players against Manchester City on Sunday, Tuchel has recalled big guns Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell and Jorginho, whilst Kai Havertz gets another chance to impress in the striking role.

Thiago Silva returns to lead the side whilst Billy Gilmour keeps his place after an impressive outing against the Champions.

Chelsea XI: Kepa, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva, Reece James, Jorginho, Billy Gilmour, Ben Chillwell, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz.

Arsenal:

Arsenal are without David Luiz, who may well have played his last game in a red and white shirt, who misses out through a hamstring strain. Martin Odegaard returns to Mikel Arteta’s side after being dropped to the bench for the 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

Manager Mikel Arteta has opted for a back three to face the Premier League’s inform side, recalling Pablo Mari to play alongside Gabriel and Rob Holding. Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney are deployed as the wing-backs, with Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard playing in behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Nicolas Pepe, scorer in their previous fixture, drops to the bench, which also boasts Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli and Willian.

 

 

Arsenal XI: Bernd Leno, Rob Holding, Gabriel, Pablo Mari, Bukayo Saka, Mohammed Elneny, Thomas Partey, Kieran Tierney, Emile Smith Rowe, Martin Odegaard, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

 

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 35 46 80
2 Manchester United FC 35 30 70
3 Leicester City FC 36 21 66
4 Chelsea FC 35 23 64
5 West Ham United FC 35 10 58
6 Liverpool FC 34 18 57
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 35 20 56
8 Everton FC 34 4 55
9 Arsenal FC 35 11 52
10 Leeds United 35 0 50
11 Aston Villa FC 34 8 48
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 35 -12 45
13 Crystal Palace FC 35 -22 41
14 Southampton FC 35 -18 40
15 Burnley FC 35 -14 39
16 Newcastle United FC 35 -18 39
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 35 -5 37
18 Fulham FC 35 -22 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 35 -36 26
20 Sheffield United FC 35 -44 17
Player Team Goals
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 21
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 20
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 17
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 17
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 16
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 13
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 13
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 12
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 12
Wood, Chris Burnley FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Iheanacho, Kelechi Leicester City FC 11
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 10
Pereira, Matheus West Bromwich Albion 10
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 10
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 9



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