28-year-old returns and attacker with 11 goals against Arsenal starts – Chelsea predicted XI for Sunday

A London derby against Arsenal needs little hype among Chelsea fans.

This time however, the Gunners will visit Stamford Bridge as the league leaders, looking to extend their stay at the top of the table.

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Graham Potter has a number of injury problems to deal with for the fixture, with the list growing on Wednesday night.

With that said, here’s The Chelsea Chronicle’s predicted XI for Sunday’s game.

GK and Defence

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Potter has declared Kepa Arrizabalaga unlikely to feature again for the Blues before the World Cup, so Edouard Mendy will start in goal.

With Cesar Azpilicueta hobbling off on Wednesday, Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be trusted with the task of marshalling the dangerous Gabriel Martinelli.

Alongside him, Trevoh Chalobah will continue with playing every minute since being given the nod by Potter.

Thiago Silva will be essential for organisation at the back, and he will start in the middle of a three.

After returning from injury on Wednesday, Kalidou Koulibaly will take the place of left centre-back on Sunday.

Ben Chilwell’s injury will give Marc Cucurella his much-desired chance to feature in his favoured wing-back role.

Midfield

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Jorginho impressed against Dinamo Zagreb in the week, and will be handed the start by Potter on Sunday.

Alongside him, a returning Mateo Kovacic will look to link play from defence to attack up against a top Arsenal midfield.

Attack

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Mason Mount was named Man of the Match on Wednesday night, and will be an important cog in the Chelsea attack on Sunday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been in the headlines a lot this week, and will be given the opportunity to strike against his former side.

One player who does have a good record against Arsenal is Raheem Sterling. The winger has 11 goals against the Gunners, and a return to goalscoring form will see him feature again this weekend.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.