Huge triple impact for Chelsea as Arsenal, Manchester United stars ruled out of upcoming clashes

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Arsenal and Manchester United will be without key players when they face Chelsea next month.

It's no wonder Jose Mourinho is smiling.

Chelsea top the league with 16 points from a possible 18, and now he has received more good news.

With crucial clashes against Arsenal and Manchester United coming up in October, Chelsea have learned both sides will be without key players.

Arsenal had to substitute both Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta against Spurs on Saturday in the first half, and manager Arsene Wenger confirmed neither would be available for the match at Stamford Bridge next weekend.

He told "Wilshere, I don’t know. The two others are out for Chelsea for sure."

Meanwhile Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney was sent off in their 2-1 victory against West Ham, with the straight dismissal leading to a suspension.

Rooney confirmed to on Sunday night that he would not appeal the suspension, with it confirmed he will miss games against Chelsea, Everton, and West Brom.

The striker commented: "It is hard to take and I am obviously gutted."

  PositionTeamGoalsAssistsKey PassesBall Recoveries
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd 3 2 5 24
Aaron Ramsey MF Arsenal 2 1 13 36
Mikel Arteta MF Arsenal 0 0 2 14

It means both Arsenal and Manchester United will be without their respective club captains when they face Chelsea, who have opened up a sizeable advantage already over both rivals.

Manchester United will have to hope they can get Radamel Falcao firing before they face Chelsea on October 26.

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