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Team News: Eden Hazard benched as Chelsea take on Arsenal

Team News: Hazard on bench as Chelsea host Arsenal
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Eden Hazard is once again named on the Chelsea bench as Maurizio Sarri's charges host Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.

Eden Hazard has once again been named on the Chelsea bench as Maurizio Sarri's charges host Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Belgian was among the subs as the Blues ran out 3-0 winners over Huddersfield Town on the opening day, but grabbed an assist after coming on late in the game.

Nonetheless, Sarri has opted to stick with Ross Barkley in the centre of the park as the West Londoners remain unchanged from their last outing.

Mateo Kovacic did not feature against the Terriers after joining from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day and he also has to make do with a spot on the bench.

Cesc Fabregas is out injured, while fellow ex-Arsenal man Olivier Giroud is among the substitutes, with Alvaro Morata preferred up front.

As for the visitors, boss Unai Emery has made two changes from the 2-0 loss to Manchester City last time out.

The big news is that Alex Iwobi is preferred to Aaron Ramsey in the three-man attacking midfield, meaning a more advanced central position for Mesut Ozil.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, meanwhile, retains his place in attack, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang again leading the line.

Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Barkley; Willian, Pedro, Morata
Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Moses, Hazard, Kovacic, Giroud

Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal; Guendouzi, Xhaka; Iwobi, Ozil, Mkhitaryan; Aubameyang
Subs: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Elneny, Torreira, Ramsey, Welbeck, Lacazette

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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