CONFIRMED: Chelsea & Arsenal line-ups

Stamford Bridge Outside The Stadium

Here is how Chelsea and Arsenal will line-up for this afternoon’s match at Stamford Bridge:

Chelsea starting XI: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Luiz, Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard, Eto'o

Subs: Schwarzer, Kalas, Mikel, Lampard, Salah, Ba, Torres

Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Arteta, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Flamini, Kallstrom, Sanogo, Gnabry

The weekend’s Premier League action kicks off in spectacular style with league leaders Chelsea welcoming third-placed Arsenal to Stamford Bridge.

A win for Jose Mourinho’s men will send them seven points clear of the Gunners, but a win for the visitors will see them close the gap to a single point.

The hosts are without the injured Ashley Cole along with the suspended duo of Ramires and Willian. Arsenal are without long-term absentees Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four league matches against today’s opponents, and they are likely to be happy if that record stretches to five – even if the two sides draw.

The one important thing for the Blues is not to lose in what will be Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of Arsenal, who have an impressive record at Stamford Bridge, winning almost a third of their league visits to date.

What do you think the result will be this afternoon?

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