Confirmed Chelsea team vs Arsenal – Kepa starts, Thiago Silva returns, Kante rested

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Thomas Tuchel has made a number changes to his side that beat Manchester City at the weekend to take on Arsenal in the London derby at Stamford Bridge this evening.

Mason Mount is recalled having been given the weekend off at the Etihad as the Blues’ 2-1 win delayed City’s title celebrations by three days, only for Pep Guardiola’s side to secure the title thanks to Man Utd’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester on Tuesday.

Reece James keeps his spot at right back having impressed in the victory at the weekend. There is a change in Tuchel’s three centre backs with Andreas Christensen out injured, Kurt Zouma replacing the Dane in the backline. Thiago Silva also starts as Antonio Rudiger is rested.

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In midfield, Jorginho returns to the starting lineup having been come off the bench in the second half on Saturday and he is partnered in midfield by Billy Gilmour, with N’Golo Kante seemingly rested ahead of the FA Cup final this weekend. It’s a third Premier League start on the spin for the young Scottish midfielder.

In goal, there is a change as well with Kepa drafted in to replace the in-form Edouard Mendy, perhaps hinting that Tuchel may well keep Kepa in goal for the FA Cup final against Leicester on Saturday and getting him into some rhythm. Either that or he is resting Mendy.

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Mount starts in the attacking midfield role he usually occupies alongside Kai Havertz, who was also a substitute at the weekend. Christian Pulisic also keeps his place as Timo Werner drops to the bench.

Chelsea: Mendy; James, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Zouma, Chilwell; Jorginho, Gilmour; Mount, Havertz, Pulisic.

Source by Football London

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