In Mikel Arteta’s first match as head coach of Arsenal, they secured a draw against Bournemouth. Three days later, they returned to the Emirates Stadium and welcomed Chelsea for a London Derby.
Chelsea have lost five in their last seven games in the Premier League, Frank Lampard looked to produce some positives results by beating their rivals. Before the match, they were just a point ahead of Manchester United, barely staying in the top four.
Despite playing in a tight schedule, Arteta did not rotate his squad much. There were just a few changes from the last game. Granit Xhaka missed the game due to illness; Sokratis Papastathopoulos also missed out as he was suffering a concussion from the previous game. Calum Chambers returned from a match ban and partnered David Luiz at the centre of the defence.
For Chelsea, Lampard continued to play with a 3-4-3 formation after their victory against Tottenham Hotspur. Reece James had an ankle problem and was unavailable for this game. Marcos Alonso was not fully fit for the game and he did not get into the match squad.
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