Arsenal vs Chelsea LIVE: Stream, TV channel, team news as Romelu Lukaku STARTS at the Emirates – latest updates

Arsenal vs Chelsea LIVE: Stream, TV channel, team news as Romelu Lukaku STARTS at the Emirates – latest updates

August 22, 2021

ARSENAL come up against London rivals Chelsea in their second game of the Premier League season, having lost their opener away at newly promoted Brentford.

The Blues, on the other hand, emphatically beat Crystal Palace 3-0, and will welcome back record signing Romelu Lukaku to their squad today.

  • Start time: 4.30pm BST
  • TV/Live stream: Sky Sports Premier League
  • Arsenal XI: To follow
  • Chelsea XI: To follow

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    GUNNERS BENCH

    14 Aubameyang, 15 Maitland-Niles, 20 Tavares, 21 Chambers, 24 Nelson, 25 Elneny, 26 Balogun, 31 Kolasinac, 32 Ramsdale.

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    ARSENAL XI

    Hector Bellerin misses out on today's London derby due to a thigh injury.

    Big money summer signing Ben White drops out of the squad after testing positive for Covid-19.

    Rob Holding comes into the starting XI replacing the £50million signing.

    Alexandre Lacazette misses out for the same reason as White, he's not fully back up to speed after missing the league opener against Brentford alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    Aubameyang does, however, return to the squad but starts from the substitutes bench today.

    In Captain Auba's absence from the starting XI, Granit Xhaka will wear the captains armband for the second week in a row.

    1 Leno; 17 Cedric, 16 Holding, 22 Mari, 3 Tierney; 23 Lokonga, 34 Xhaka (c); 7 Saka, 10 Smith Rowe, 19 Pepe; 35 Martinelli.

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    THE TEAMSHEETS ARE IN!

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    RESPONSIBILITY

    Mikel Arteta wants his side to take responsibility today against Chelsea.

    His side got off to a poor start, losing 2-0 to league newcomers Brentford last Friday.

    He said: "If you don't feel pressure in football or any elite sport then I think you've picked the wrong profession.

    "I think it's responsibility, not pressure, we have a responsibility to do our best under any circumstances. Unfortunately the circumstances are uncontrollable.

    "The only thing that's going to happen is something you don't expect, that's for sure!

    "Then you have to try to adapt, and do the best you can.

    "The rest is about the results, and you know you are going to be judged on those results, but it doesn't mean you are doing a good or bad job because you win or lose football matches. "

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    LONDON CALLING

    Chelsea have won their last four away Premier League London derbies, last winning five in a row between January 2005 and January 2006 under José Mourinho.

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    BACK-TO-BACK

    Arsenal are opening their league season with two London derbies – against Brentford and Chelsea – for a second consecutive season, having played Fulham and West Ham last season.

    Prior to this, they’d only done so once, in 2015-16, while Chelsea have only started a league campaign with two London derbies in 1989-90 previously, against Wimbledon and Queens Park Rangers.

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    TOP TIER

    Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney created six chances against Brentford in the season opener, the most by an Arsenal player in a single Premier League game since April 2019 (Alex Iwobi, 7 vs Watford).

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    SUPER SIGNING

    Since Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge of Chelsea in January, Blues keeper Édouard Mendy has kept more Premier League clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the competition (10).

    Overall, Mendy has kept a clean sheet in 53% of his Premier League appearances (17/32), the best ratio among all keepers in the competition’s history (min. 10 games).

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    HEAD-TO-HEAD

    Arsenal won both of their Premier League matches against Chelsea last season, last winning three in a row against the Blues in the competition between January 2003 and February 2004.

    Chelsea have only won three of their last 14 games against Arsenal in all competitions (D5 L6), losing each of their last three games against the Gunners (2020 FA Cup final, both 2020-21 Premier League meetings).

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    DERBY DAY

    Good afternoon and welcome to the live blog for Arsenal vs Chelsea!

    The Gunners come into today's London derby in need of a win, after losing last Friday's London derby to league newcomers Brentford 2-0. 

    Arsenal looked off pace and they couldn't deal with the Bees' high press and physicality. 

    Ben White endured a torrid time up against Ivan Toney, but luckily for him, he's missing today through illness meaning he won't have to face the returning Romelu Lukaku. 

    Boss Mikel Arteta admitted his side lost to the better team on the day.
    He said: "I’m disappointed.

    "We started the season against a good opponent. I don’t think we deserved anything different. 

    "They scored from a long throw-in and we didn’t have enough presence in the box."

    As for Chelsea, they comfortably beat a new-look Patrick Vieira's Crystal Palace 3-0 at home with academy product Trevoh Chalobah getting on the scoresheet. 

    Chalobah's barnstorming pre-season may have earned himself a place in boss Thomas Tuchel's plans for the season.

    The Blues boss was full of praise for the 22-year-old: "He did a fantastic pre-season with us and he’s a very good player and even more importantly a top character.

    "He has both feet on the ground and he took his chance very impressively.

    "He played very good matches in pre-season, he performed for 120 minutes against Villarreal and another strong 90 minutes against Crystal Palace, so I think it’s very logical that he stays with us and is looking for his chance here. 

    "Trevoh was a guy that we absolutely wanted to keep.

    "He went out for loans, he had the minutes he needed to develop and now it’s a good moment for him to stay with us and to be part of the group and take further steps to fulfil his dream, which is to be part of a strong Chelsea squad, which he is at the moment. 

    "We trust him and he deserves this, it is not a gift."

    In terms of team news, Arsenal could bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    back into the side after missing the opening game of the season with coronavirus.

    Alexandre Lacazette and Willian also tested positive but it's not known if they will play against Chelsea.

    New signings Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale will play no part in the game.

    Thomas Partey and Gabriel are still injured for the Gunners.

    And summer signing Ben White is out due to sickness.

    As for Chelsea, they have one major absentee in Christian Pulisic, who tested positive for Covid earlier this week.

    But Hakim Ziyech and N'Golo Kante could return to action, with record signing Romelu Lukaku also likely to feature today.

    The teamsheets are due to be released in half an hour so don't go anywhere!

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