Chelsea won their last three games in all competitions for the first time in a long time. Unfortunately, they have not beaten Arsenal in even longer, with the North London side doing the double over the two-time Champions League winners in two of the last three seasons, and only winning one of their last six league fixtures, losing the rest. This is part of why this game is most important for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, as their position on the table as well as their pride hang in the balance. Reece James, Trevoh Chalobah, and Carney Chukwuemeka have practically been ruled out of contention, so who does Pochettino give the go-ahead for the London derby?
Robert Sanchez (No. 1) Goalkeeper, Spain
Sanchez started the season slowly but has picked up form in recent games, so much so that he now boasts the highest long-ball accuracy amongst active goalkeepers in the Premier League. With a 75% save rate and 1.47 goals prevented across eight games, he is on top of his game at the moment.
Malo Gusto (No. 27) Right back, France
Gusto has been a blessing to the Blues this season, not least because he has been available to play in place of Reece James who has only been fit enough for one game this season, while still giving the west London side many of what James does. Arriving from Olympique Lyon, he has been good, especially regarding ball movement and goal creation.
Axel Disasi (No. 2) Centerback, France
Disasi has impressed this season, albeit his ground duel win rate has gone down from 89% it was after Gameweek 2, to 48% now. His aerial numbers have remained good and his ball progression has been superb. His long passing has not been great, and he might need to exhibit better pass selection, but he has been essential to Chelsea’s defensive solidity this season.