A classic matchup on this fine August evening at Stamford Bridge. Both teams come in with plenty of questions, plenty of uncertainties, and plenty of promise. But there can only be one winner.
Conte’s struggles against Arsenal have been well documented. Time for a clean slate!
No LIVE BLOG today unfortunately due to prior commitments.
Here we go.
Chelsea starting lineup (4-3-3):
Arrizabalaga | Alonso, David Luiz, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta (c) | Barkley, Jorginho, Kanté | Willian, Morata, Pedro
Substitutes from: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Moses, Hazard, Kovačić, Giroud
Unchanged starting lineup for Sarri from last weekend, with Kovačić joining Hazard on the bench.
Arsenal starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Cech | Monreal, Mustafi, Sokratis, Bellerin | Xhaka, Guendouzi | Mkhitaryan, Özil, Iwobi | Aubameyang
Substitutes from: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Elneny, Torreira, Ramsey, Welbeck, Lacazette
Date / Time: Saturday, August 18th, 2018, 17:30 BST; 12:30pm EDT; 10:00pm IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: Martin Atkinson