DC: Per Mertesacker vs John Terry
No contest here, however much Arsenal fans may love Per Mertesacker, Chelsea captain John Terry remains one of the very best in the world.
DC: Laurent Koscielny vs Gary Cahill
A close call here, but Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny is arguably more consistent than Chelsea’s Gary Cahill, who is a fine player but with the occasional glaring error in him.
MC: Francis Coquelin vs Nemanja Matic
Despite the brilliant rise of Francis Coquelin for Arsenal last season, Nemanja Matic has been simply world class for Chelsea and is a great all-rounder.
MC: Aaron Ramsey vs Cesc Fabregas
Another close call, but it could be argued that Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey is set for a better season than his old team-mate, who looked tired and ineffective towards the end of 2014/15.