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Arsenal host Chelsea in the Premier League

Follow live coverage as Arsenal welcome Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League this afternoon.

The Gunners made a disastrous start to the new season last week with a 2-0 defeat by newly promoted Brentford and Mikel Arteta is already under pressure. The signings of Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale have helped to somewhat lift spirits at the club, but the former is unavailable this weekend and the latter is only likely to make the bench. Arteta will also have to contend with a depleted squad after captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette missed the loss to Brentford after contracting Covid-19 and the pair have only recently returned to full training.

For Chelsea, there is nothing but optimism and total confidence, with the club following up last season’s Champions League glory with victories in the Super Cup and their opening game against Crystal Palace. Thomas Tuchel’s side were imperious against the Eagles, with Trevoh Chalobah earning his right to remain at the club this season, and could have won by a far greater margin than three goals. But after completing the £97.5m signing of Romelu Lukaku to Stamford Bridge, there can be few further concerns over the deadliness of the Blues’ attack and the Belgian is ready to make his Premier League return this afternoon. Follow all the action live below from the Emirates:

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Chance! Smith Rowe finds the target from range

3 mins: Sambi Lokonga gets stuck into the midfield action with a driving run. He’s stopped on the edge of the Chelsea box and the ball comes loose to Emile Smith Rowe. The 21-year-old hits a snapshot from outside the area and forces Edouard Mendy into a low save down to his left.

Arsenal 0 – 0 Chelsea

Kick off: Both teams kneel before kick off and get a good round of applause from the fans. Arsenal get the game underway with a long ball down the left side that comes to Cesar Azpilicueta who takes control of the ball for Chelsea.

Arsenal vs Chelsea

The teams make their way out onto the pitch. Arsenal are huge underdogs today. There’s a lot of noise around Chelsea competing for the Premier League title this season. If they can come here and defeat Arsenal today it’ll be a sign that they mean business.

Kick off is next.

Chelsea’s strong defence

Chelsea have lost their opening Premier League away fixture in only three of the last 20 seasons and the Blues can start their campaign with two clean sheets for the first time in 11 years.

They have kept 12 Premier League clean sheets under head coach Thomas Tuchel which is three more than any other club since he joined the Blues.

If they win today they will equal the club top-flight record by winning five consecutive London derbies on the road.

Arsenal’s home struggles

Arsenal could lose their opening two Premier League matches of a season for only the third time. Their nine defeats at the Emirates in all competitions last season was their most at home since also losing nine in 1929-30.

The Gunners have lost their opening home league fixture in five of the last 10 seasons.

Thomas Tuchel on Romelu Lukaku

Thomas Tuchel named Romelu Lukaku in Chelsea’s starting XI today despite the 28-year-old only signing for the club last weekend. Before the game Tuchel explained his decision saying:

“We signed Romelu Lukaku to play, not to come off the bench. He trained a lot in Italy. He joined the team last weekend and here we go. On Friday I will never give you a line-up.

“I’m actually curious, I’m coaching him for the first time and seeing him for the first time live. I told him to trust himself and be self confident and play his game.

“It’s not the moment in his first week to load him with information and ask him to adapt. Maybe he has some solutions we don’t even think about. It’s just football, he knows how to play the game.”

Pre-match thoughts of Mikel Arteta

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta spoke to Sky Sports before kick off saying: “It’s been a long time without a full crowd here. I can’t wait. The players can’t wait to play in front of a full crowd.

“What I want is… more energy, motivation, passion. In a challenge there is always an opportunity. They know what we are trying to build. We are not going to get any help so we have to do it ourselves.

“Unity, togetherness, the spirit in the building – they can’t break it. They can try, They can criticise, we have to use criticism to learn. On Sunday you have to be a little bit fair with the circumstances.”

Manchester United held by Southampton as lofty ambitions are checked

After their scorching of Leeds, Manchester United’s lofty ambitions were offered a reality check in a draw at Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

The 1-1 scoreline was a fair reflection of a clash that neither side commanded for lengthy spells, with both enjoying periods where it seemed they could seal it:

Manchester United held by Southampton as lofty ambitions are checked

Southampton 1-1 Manchester United: Fred’s own goal gave the hosts the lead before Mason Greenwood earned a share of the points

Lukaku starts for Chelsea

Chelsea’s £97.5 million striker Romelu Lukaku returns to Stamford Bridge after resigning for the Blues during the summer. He immediately comes into the starting XI and will want to make an immediate impact on his second debut.

Lukaku’s first stint at Chelsea ended in 2014 with his move to Everton. He then moved on to Manchester United and Inter Milan where he found his best form scoring over 20 goals in each of the two seasons he played in the Serie A.

If Lukaku can replicate that form for Chelsea they’ll be certain title contenders this season.

Arsenal vs Chelsea

Arsenal can win four successive matches against Chelsea in all competitions for the first time since 2004 if they win today. The Gunners’ back-to-back Premier League victories in this fixture last season followed a run of two wins in 17 meetings.

Chelsea have only won three of their last 14 games against Arsenal in all competitions with five draws and six losses including the last three games.

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