Hazard, Sanchez Set to Start as Chelsea Host Arsenal in London Derby

Annette Crawford
September 17, 2017

Gary Neville backed Chelsea to "bulldoze" Arsenal after Arsene Wenger's starting line-up for the clash at Stamford Bridge was confirmed.

"For sure Arsenal is a big rival for the title".

After a tough match with Cologne in the Europa League on Thursday night, the Gunners may be feelilng a little delicate but they will be confident having won their previous two encounters, in the FA Cup final and the Community Shield. If you see their squad you can understand there are a lot of top players.

"I remember very well that game". We did exactly what I expected them to.

That opening weekend loss to Burnley aside, it has been a flawless start for Chelsea, with three successive league wins followed by a 6-0 thrashing of Qarabag in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Wenger was pleased with his team's battling display, particularly in light of criticism they received following a dismal performance in their recent defeat at Liverpool.

Chelsea are likely to rotate their options after making changes for the Qarabag contest, with playmaker Eden Hazard in contention to start for the Blues for the first time this season.

Given that his first competitive appearance for Chelsea came in a London derby victory, when they beat Tottenham 2-1 at Wembley last month, Bakayoko is not daunted by the prospect of taking on the Gunners this weekend.

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). "Then I'll try to make the best decision for the Arsenal game".

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