Arsenal vs. Chelsea - Lineups & Game Thread

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Ramires joins John Obi Mikel in the double pivot for Chelsea, as the Blues get set to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

None of us should be reading too much into this early-season clash of Premier League titans (yes, I watched Harry Hamlin do the business in the original Clash of the Titans on BBC America last night). Nevertheless, I doubt any of us are interested in losing. To Arsenal. No thanks, brah.

We are without a certain large Ivorian for the first time in what seems like a generation against this lot - fancy yourself fortunate, Arsene - but no matter, we have a few new toys with which to torment our hosts from North London. Arsenal have some shiny new trinkets of their own, highlighted by the excellent Santi Cazorla. I know I'm not the only one salivating at the thought of Cazorla and Eden Hazard striding about on a league pitch at the same time.

Enjoy the match, people. Keep it clean, and keep the illegal streams to yourself. Up the Chels.

Team Sheets
Arsenal starting XI (4-2-3-1)

Vito Mannone, Carl Jenkinson, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen (c), Keiran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby; Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Gervinho. Bench: Damian Martinez, Andre Santos, Per Mertesacker, Johan Djourou, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Olivier Giroud.

Chelsea starting XI (4-2-3-1)
Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, John Terry (c), Ashley Cole, Ramires, John Mikel Obi, Juan Mata, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Fernando Torres. Bench: Ross Turnbull, Cesar Aspilicueta, Gary Cahill, Ryan Bertrand, Oriol Romeu, Frank Lampard, Victor Moses.

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