Arsenal vs Chelsea team news: Nicolas Pepe and Mesut Ozil could start for hosts, as Christian Pulisic, Mason

Arsenal and Chelsea go into Sunday’s Premier League clash both in desperate need of a win.

Mikel Arteta began his Gunners reign with a draw at Bournemouth on Boxing Day and will be hoping for his first three points to get the fans on his side right away.

Meanwhile, opposite number Frank Lampard comes into this on the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Southampton.

Mikel Arteta was pleasantly surprised by what he saw from his Arsenal players

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Mikel Arteta was pleasantly surprised by what he saw from his Arsenal players

At the Vitality, there were some green shoots for Arsenal against Eddie Howe’s Cherries but they couldn’t find a winning goal, while the Blues’ defence was shown up for the second successive home game, having also lost to Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.

Arsenal boss Arteta is keen to see more from his side after their festive fright on the south coast.

“I am pleased with a lot of things I have seen and a lot of things we practised that happened,” said the former Gunners captain.

“I am not happy we have not won the game but happy overall. In terms of attitude, desire and commitment it was better than I expected.”

Blues boss Frank Lampard was less enthralled by his side on Boxing Day.

“We control a lot of the ball but we do not do enough with the ball around the box,” he said.

“I think it’s been the story for us for a while, not just in recent times. We need to get better because we need a better home record.

“What we need to do, the players on the pitch, whoever they are need to make goals and score goals. It’s the hardest thing to do in football. It’s a challenge for all of us.”

Lampards team put in another sub-standard showing at home against Southampton

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Lampards team put in another sub-standard showing at home against Southampton

Arsenal team news

For the Gunners, Sokratis Papastathopoulos is a doubt after a knock to the head and may be replaced by Shkodran Mustafi, while Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac are absentees.

But Arteta could be able to call upon some returning players with Calum Chambers back from suspension, while Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos, and Rob Holding may also be fit take part at some point in the match.

Mesut Ozil was substituted during the game with Bournemouth so could get another start at the Emirates with Arteta ready to give him a chance to win his starting place back.

Big summer signing Nicolas Pepe came off for the final eight minutes on Boxing Day but could be handed a start against Chelsea.

How Arsenal could look against Chelsea

Is this the Arsenal team Mikel Arteta will pick to face Chelsea?

Is this the Arsenal team Mikel Arteta will pick to face Chelsea?

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  • Arsenal vs Man United (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT
  • Derby vs Barnsley (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Liverpool vs Sheffield United (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT

Chelsea team news

For the Blues, Lampard may have to assess the fitness of Marcos Alonso and Reece James, who both missed the loss to Southampton.

Other than that it appears there are no new worries leaving just Marco van Ginkel and Ruben Loftus Cheek out of the team.

Lampard could rotate resources again to combat the festive fixture glut, with Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic possibly restored to the starting line-up.

How Chelsea could look against Arsenal

Is this the Chelsea team Frank Lampard will pick to play Arsenal at the Emirates?

Is this the Chelsea team Frank Lampard will pick to play Arsenal at the Emirates?

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