How Chelsea could line up against Arsenal
Chelsea could hand Romelu Lukaku his second debut for the club this Sunday as the Blues take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League.
The Belgian returned to Stamford Bridge in a £97.5m deal from Inter Milan last week but was not ready to face Crystal Palace due to quarantine measures, although Thomas Tuchel hopes to have him leading the line at the Emirates.
Lukaku’s return spells trouble for Timo Werner and Kai Havertz in the capital, with both players likely to take their spots on the bench as Lukaku leads the line with support from Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic.
In another huge boost to the Blues, N’Golo Kante is thought to have a strong chance of shaking off an ankle problem as he seeks to displace Mateo Kovacic alongside Jorginho in midfield.
English full-back duo Ben Chilwell and Reece James watched on from the bench as their Spanish counterparts Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta starred against Palace, and Tuchel is unlikely to consider dropping either man, especially after Alonso’s stunning free kick.
Emerson Palmieri has now completed a loan move to Lyon but was never going to challenge anyway, while Trevoh Chalobah should keep Thiago Silva out of the lineup for now after scoring his first goal for the club in some style last week.
As far as injuries go, the Blues only have two confirmed absentees for this clash, with Hakim Ziyech nursing the shoulder injury he sustained in the Super Cup while Ruben Loftus-Cheek recovers from COVID-19 infection.
Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; Chalobah, Christensen, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Timo Werner; Lukaku