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Mauricio Pochettino has challenged Chelsea to prove that they are not “Cole Palmer Football Club” should they have to take on Arsenal on Tuesday without their player of the season.

Palmer, who has been Chelsea’s main source of goals and creativity since joining from Manchester City last September, is a doubt for the trip to the Emirates Stadium because of illness. But instead of worrying about whether his young side are capable of beating Arsenal without their best forward, Pochettino wants the rest of his players to show that they are not dependent on the 21-year-old.

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