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Chelsea vs. Arsenal, Premier League: Confirmed lineups

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Here we go.


Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Asmir Begović | César Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma, Branislav Ivanović (c) | Nemanja Matić, Cesc Fàbregas | Eden Hazard, Oscar, Pedro | Diego Costa

Substitutes from: Jamal Blackman, John Terry, John Obi Mikel, Ramires, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Radamel Falcao, Loïc Rémy

Arsenal starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Petr Čech | Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny, Gabriel, Hector Bellerín | Santi Cazorla (c), Francis Coquelin | Alexis Sánchez, Mesut Özil, Aaron Ramsey | Theo Walcott

Substitutes from: David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Olivier Giroud


As expected, most of the first-choice players rotate back in after the midweek Champions League match.  The one big exception is Kurt Zouma retaining his place for the fifth straight match, with John Terry once again just on the bench — it's our fastest center back combination, which is good considering that Walcott starts at center forward.

It's a very experienced bench, other than Blackman and RLC.  Pedro's apparently fit enough after being ruled out earlier in the week, while Oscar's back again as well.  And yes, Ivanovic is there, unsurprisingly, and with the captain's armband.

Here we go.