Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Ozil out of Chelsea v Arsenal, Sanchez and Hazard on bench

Ozil out of Chelsea v Arsenal, Sanchez and Hazard on bench

Sanchez is also missing from the starting XI for Sunday's match, but is among Arsene Wenger's seven subs. Despite getting off to a great start in the Europa League on Thursday, securing a 3-1 win over FC Koln, Arsenal's league form has been somewhat lacklustre as they now lie in 13th in the league standings, but it is still early days.

Any meeting with London rivals Arsenal is a big moment in Chelsea's season, but those painful losses mean the latest derby at Stamford Bridge carries extra significance for Conte and company.

Despite winning the FA Cup in May, the heat is already being turned up on Wenger after the Gunners suffered two straight league defeats on the road against Liverpool and Stoke.

Germany global Mesut Ozil has been left out of the match-day squad altogether after suffering with a minor injury, while Alexis Sanchez drops to the bench. If you see their squad you can understand there are a lot of top players. For this reason I think it's a massive game for us.

Reacting to Arsenal's team on Sky Sports, Neville said: 'I'm amazed, I expect Chelsea to bulldoze them now.

For Chelsea, Eden Hazard continues to wait for his first start of the season as he continues to recover from a broken ankle. Interestingly, in their last 13 visits to teams who finished inside the top six last season, Arsenal have failed to pick up a victory with their last win coming against Manchester City in 2015. "Then I'll try to make the best decision for the Arsenal game".

"Liverpool beat us really on the break and Chelsea will try to do the same on Sunday".

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