Welcome to Chelsea vs Arsenal
Chelsea welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge today as they find themselves 10 points behind their North London rivals after only 12 games this season.
The Blues will be without long-term absentees Wesley Fofana and Reece James as well as midfield duo N’Golo Kante (thigh) and Carney Chukwuemeka (hamstring).
Ben Chilwell came off against Dinamo Zagreb with a hamstring injury and further scans have showed a significant hamstring injury that has ruled him out of the World Cup in Qatar.
Graham Potter has already ruled out Kepa Arrizabalaga out of contention too so Edouard Mendy will keep his place in goal and Mateo Kovacic should be fine to return after missing out as a precaution in midweek with a tight calf.
Despite Zakaria’s debut going so well, Potter is unlikely to hand him his Premier League debut against The Gunners, so Kovacic is likely to slot back in.
As for Arsenal, fans witnessed the familiar yet painful sight of Takehiro Tomiyasu coming off injured in the dying moments of the Zurich game.
The severity of the defender’s muscular issue is still unclear, but it would be a shock to see him play today.
Emile Smith-Rowe is still out after undergoing groin surgery and a problem in the same area could also force Matt Turner out of contention.