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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.

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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.