Arsenal injury update ahead of Chelsea with two doubts, three ruled out

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Chelsea and Arsenal will meet for the first time this season with both sides without key players.

Arsenal started preparations for their Premier League test against Chelsea with a hard-fought 1-0 win over FC Zurich in the Europa League on Thursday night. Kieran Tierney scored the only goal of the game. The goal was struck so well it was worth winning two football matches.

The Gunners have been brilliant so far this season and go into the game against Chelsea top of the Premier League table with just the defeat to Manchester United , the only time they have failed to pick up a point from a game.

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Key players like Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka have been sensational and their strong start to the season will be put to test when they travel to Stamford Bridge to take on a Chelsea side who have improved since Graham Potter took over.

Arsenal right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu had to be withdrawn minutes after coming on against FC Zurich while Chelsea had to watch on painfully, as Ben Chilwell looked to have pulled his hamstring against Dinamo Zagreb. Both teams will be without key players.

Tomiyasu is the most likely absentee for Arsenal while Chelsea will definitely miss out on Reece James, Wesley Fofana and N’Golo Kante. They will also have to make a late call on goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga who was forced out against Brighton and missed the midweek Champions League game.

There is however good news for the Gunners as Bukayo Saka who was withdrawn against Nottingham Forest was back in action against FC Zurich and will now be able to help the team when they travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

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Another player that has returned which will delight Mikel Arteta is Oleksandr Zinchenko, the Ukrainian has been struggling for fitness and he provides the team with unpredictability. The fact that he was on the team sheet on Thursday night is welcoming to the Arsenal fans.

Chelsea also welcomed Kalidou Koulibaly in their game against Zagreb and everything is pointing to an exciting London derby over the weekend.

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