Chelsea, with one or two other big games upcoming, make seven changes to the side that won at Manchester City last weekend. In come Kepa, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Jorginho, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz. Edouard Mendy, Marcos Alonso, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner drop to the bench, while Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante and Andreas Christensen miss out altogether.

Arsenal make five changes to the side named for the 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Partey, Martin Odegaard, Kieran Tierney and Pablo Mari replace Gabriel Martinelli, Pepe, Willian, Dani Ceballos and Calum Chambers, all of whom drop to the bench.

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Zouma, James, Gilmour, Jorginho, Chilwell, Mount, Pulisic, Havertz.
Subs: Alonso, Werner, Mendy, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Emerson Palmieri, Anjorin, Livramento.

Arsenal: Leno, Holding, Gabriel, Pablo Mari, Tierney, Thomas, Elneny, Saka, Odegaard, Smith-Rowe, Aubameyang.
Subs: Bellerin, Ceballos, Lacazette, Willian, Cedric, Pepe, Chambers, Ryan, Martinelli.

Chelsea could do without this. They’ve got the FA Cup final coming up on Saturday, while there’s the small matter of the Champions League final at the end of the month. But participation in next year’s Champions League is yet to be guaranteed, and three points here tonight would go a long, long way to dealing with that. Plus, of course, it’s Arsenal. A big London derby. There’s no option but to go big. At least they’ve got the squad to do it.

As for Arsenal ... well, it’s mainly about local pride tonight. European qualification looks a long shot, and in any case may be better avoided while they regroup. But they did beat Chelsea 3-1 at the Emirates earlier this season, and could make it a league double over Chelsea for the first time since 2004. The only small problem: they haven’t won this fixture since 2011, when Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick in an absurd to-and-fro 5-3 romp.

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