Arsenal V Chelsea at Emirates Stadium : Match Preview

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23 September 2016
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Arsene Wenger set to ring the changes for Arsenal's clash with Chelsea

Arsene Wenger will recall a host of first-team regulars for Saturday's Premier League clash at home to Chelsea.

The Gunners boss made 11 changes for Tuesday night's EFL Cup win at Nottingham Forest but the likes of Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will return at the Emirates Stadium.

Olivier Giroud (toe) faces a late fitness test while Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck and Carl Jenkinson (all knee) are out.

Wenger has called on his defence to be "completely cold-blooded" and to keep their discipline when challenged by Chelsea and Diego Costa.

Asked how his defence can face up against the Spain international, he replied: "By being completely cold-blooded and just focus on the game and not respond. Just try to negate his qualities and his game.

"You need to be committed but by respecting the rules of the game and responding. Last year we were a bit unlucky at Chelsea to be down to 10 men because we got a red card and it was rescinded after.

"In the other game, we deserved the red card because we were caught on a quality run by him."

John Terry will remain sidelined for Chelsea's Premier League fixture with Arsenal after failing to recover in time from an ankle injury.

The captain and central defender's absence due to an ankle injury proved significant last Friday against Liverpool when they suffered their first defeat of the season.

Terry has also been crucial in Chelsea being undefeated against Arsenal in their past nine league meetings and instrumental in them not conceding during the last six of those.

Blues boss Antonio Conte said: "John hasn't recovered from his injury.

"He's working, working, but he hasn't recovered for the game against Arsenal. I don't know (when he will be back). In this case it's important what the player feels, the pain he feels.

"It's normal (that Terry wants to play). In the team and the squad we have three central defenders. It's normal to make a choice. It's normal when you are in a team like Chelsea to have this problem, but I don't see any problem in this situation."

At Leicester on Tuesday Cesc Fabregas produced a fine performance and scored two goals in a 4-2 EFL Cup victory to press his claims for a regular position in Conte's starting XI.

The manager, however, refused to say he would be retained against his former team, and also revealed he expects Kurt Zouma to return to training next week as he recovers from injuring his anterior cruciate ligaments.

"For Cesc, it's a special game for him," he said. "But the most important thing is that, now, he's a Chelsea player and playing very well for Chelsea.

"I'm seeing him very focused, very concentrated, during the training sessions. He played a good game in the cup. It can be the possibility that he can start but I have another day to make a decision."




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