‘Please start him’: Some Chelsea fans want 24-year-old to play against Arsenal

Chelsea travel to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to face rivals Arsenal – and some Blues fans on Twitter are demanding that Ben Chilwell is back in the starting XI for the first time this season.

The Blues have kickstarted the 2021/22 campaign in some style. Firstly, they beat Villarreal on penalties to lift the UEFA Super Cup final. They followed that up last weekend by beating Crystal Palace 3-0 in their Premier League opener. 

Thomas Tuchel’s side travel across to north London this Sunday to play an Arsenal team that lost their opening league fixture.

Chelsea will be hoping to put down a marker with a win against Arsenal, especially as they face the daunting test of travelling to Anfield the following match to play Liverpool.

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Blues supporters want Ben Chilwell back

Chilwell has been an unused substitute against Villarreal and Crystal Palace, albeit he was late back from pre-season due to his involvement in Euro 2020 with England.

A selection of Chelsea supporters on social media insist the Arsenal fixture is the perfect time for the 24-year-old defender to play again.

Marcos Alonso has got the nod at left wing-back in the opening two games of this season and done exceptionally well. However, £50million full-back Chilwell had the slight edge over him in their brilliant competition for a starting role last season.

Speed machine Chilwell earned the shirt during the club’s Champions League winning campaign last year and many feel he’s the first-choice under manager Tuchel. 

It may be a tough decision to leave out Alonso given his Palace display. But, Chilwell must be itching to get his first minutes of the campaign

Here are some Chelsea fans discussing Chilwell ahead of Sunday:

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.