Arsene Wenger demands response from Arsenal against Chelsea

Carla Harmon
September 17, 2017

However, Arsenal have gotten back to winning ways in recent fixtures, dismantling Bournemouth 3-nil before starting off their Europa League campaign with a win over FC Koln. This game will mark the first in 21 years that Arsenal will have to cope with the added pressure of recuperating after a Thursday game, something which is much different than the normal Tuesday/Wednesday to Saturday structure that they were used to under the Champions League format. I've picked a team to win a football match, not a fantasy side based on technical ability.

Cesc Fabregas starts over Tiemoue Bakayoko to partner N'Golo Kante in midfield, while captain Gary Cahill is back from the suspension that kept him out of the last three league games. However, on the last two occasions that the sides have met, Arsenal have come out victorious.

In videos posted on the Junior Gunners Twitter account, both World Cup winners can be seen grabbing Jack and Olivia's hands, before walking with and sitting the young fans down right in the middle of the squad, in between the FA Cup and the Community Shield.

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater is expected to be out until the October worldwide break.

Eden Hazard is again on the bench as he continues to build up his fitness after summer ankle surgery.

The Blues tend to shine against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, having won their past five Premier League home games against their rivals in red.

Wenger is without midfielder Francis Coquelin, who has a hamstring problem, while Santi Cazorla remains out of action.

Arsenal have lost their last five away Premier League games versus Chelsea, their joint-longest away losing run in the competition against a single opponent (also 5 in a row vs Man Utd between 2009-2013).

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