Chelsea FC vs Arsenal LIVE! premier league

A London derby of epic proportions takes place at Stamford Bridge today as Arsenal seek to reclaim top spot in the Premier League against a Chelsea side in transition under Graham Potter.

In recent years many fans would have expected those roles to be reversed, but Mikel Arteta’s Gunners have been flying high this season and have lost just one league game to help them stand out as the only real contenders for the Manchester City crown at this stage of the campaign. .

Chelsea, meanwhile, face their biggest test of Potter’s budding tenure after last week’s humiliating loss to Brighton. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starts against his former club with Oleksandr Zinchenko fit to return from injury for Arsenal. BT Sport will broadcast the kick-off live and Standard Sport have both Nizaar Kinsella and Simon Collings on hand to provide expert analysis via our live blog!

Live updates

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45 mins: We’ll have a minute of added time as Jorginho comes back superbly to collect the ball from Saka and earn a shot.

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41 minutes: Mount bursts into the box only to be undone by not fully controlling the ball mid-sprint.

Arsenal return and both managers end up getting angry with the officials – Arsenal denied a foul by Cucurella on Saka before the Spaniard was chopped up by Saka to bring out a booking for the winger.

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Simon Collings at Stamford Bridge

Arsenal’s half summed up by them just misses that last pass. Lots of nice building play, but they can’t quite open Chelsea up. Thiago Silva was superb.

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38 mins: Just a little scrappy as Arsenal struggle to break through a tight, crowded Chelsea midfield in diamond shape, aided by Sterling who pulls back to defend.

But the Blues are unable to put on long periods of pressure themselves.

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35 mins: Arsenal will take a corner after Xhaka’s trailing shot hit a defender after a long and steady build-up game.

Saka’s swinging lands are cleared from a dangerous spot and his second attempt drifts into touch.

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32 mins: Silva gets up nicely as he fights Partey on a corner, but his jump is a little too early and he goes under, heading towards him.

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Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

Even mild-mannered Graham Potter is frustrated with referee Michael Oliver giving Arsenal so many free-kicks as the Blues try to compete with the top of the table.

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LUCK ARSENAL!

29 mins: The Gunners break very well and the beautiful center of Martinelli is joined by the diving header of Jesus… wide!

It has to go in, but not enough connection with the Brazilian.

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27 mins: No surprise, we already have our first booking of the day and it’s Aubameyang, who arrives late in typical striker challenge fashion on White.

Arteta was furious on the touchline after that, and the chants from the outside end are, shall we say, not of the kind we can publish!

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26 mins: Arsenal are facing a flurry of deliveries from Chelsea in the box. Saliba, Gabriel and Partey seem to have a lot on their counterparts in the fight for high balls today.


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