Mateo Kovacic starts: Chelsea lineups vs Arsenal as Frank Lampard makes big Mason Mount decision

Chelsea will be looking to get back to winning ways when they host London rivals Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

It’s midweek action in the Premier League and one of the biggest games takes place in west London.

It is a derby in which both sides are looking to pick up three points and banish thoughts of the weekend when Chelsea lost to Newcastle and Arsenal could only draw with Sheffield United.

The two teams last met in December, in what was Mikel Arteta’s second game in charge of the Gunners, when Chelsea came back from a goal down to win it late on at the Emirates.

How will this one pan out

We asked our Chelsea writers to name the team they would choose if they were in charge.

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Oliver Harbord – Senior Chelsea writer

The Blues have to start being more clinical upfront, however there doesn’t seem to be much of a change in who to bring in.

Frank Lampard has to persist with Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi on the wings for now, with Christian Pulisic injured and Pedro looking off the pace.

Mateo Kovacic has been absent for the past couple of Premier League games, however he will surely come back into the side to make up a three with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante.

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The issue is at the back with Reece James and the injury. Lampard said he is in contention, and if he is then he needs to start the game.

He was the best player on the pitch at the weekend before his knock, and would add a real threat to the Blues if he can link up well with Hudson-Odoi once again.

Harbord’s team: Kepa; James, Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Willian.

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Alan Smith – Senior Chelsea writer

After such a disappointing performance away to Newcastle, Frank Lampard will be expected to shuffle his pack for the game against Arsenal…


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