The Premier League leaders play host to the north London club in a huge top-flight encounter at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunch time and this is the starting XI we think manager Jose Mourinho will elect to send out ….
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GK: Petr Cech
The experienced and ever-reliable Czech Republic international will once again take his place between the sticks against the Gunners, who in turn will need to be at their very best in order to get the better of the shot stopper.
RB: Branislav Ivanovic
The powerful Serb has been one of the Blues’ most consistent performers at the back so far in this campaign, with the versatile defender now settled in at right back as opposed to the centre-back role he sometimes occupies for the west Londoners.
CB: Gary Cahill
The England international has been a rock-solid presence at the back so far this campaign for his side in partnership with skipper John Terry, although the central defender is sure to be tested to the full when the Gunners come to town on Saturday.
CB: John Terry
The former England international is currently enjoying one of his best seasons ever for the west London club, despite now being 33, and the imposing centre back will want to deliver another eye-catching campaign at the heart of the home team’s back line against arch-rivals Arsenal.
LB: Ceasr Azpilicueta
The converted right back will once again line up on the left-hand side of the Blues’ defence against the Gunners this weekend after ousting normal left-back Ashley Cole from the role earlier this season.
RM: Frank Lampard
In the enforced absence of midfielder Ramires, the veteran England international should get the nod to take his place on the right-hand side of a narrow midfield three.
CM: Nemanja Matic
The tall Serbia international has been an absolute revelation since returning to Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window, however, the holding midfielder is set to been a busy man though protecting the Chelsea back four against Arsenal’s front line on Saturday.
LM: Andre Schurrle
The German wide man should get the nod to start in midfield, especially in the absence of the suspended Willian, and what the home side would give for another hat-trick from the blond-haired winger on Saturday.