Arsenal XI vs Chelsea: Zinchenko starts - Starting lineup, confirmed team news, injury latest for game today

Arsenal XI vs Chelsea: Zinchenko starts - Starting lineup, confirmed team news, injury latest for game today

Mikel Arteta has opted to start Oleksandr Zinchenko with Kieran Tierney on the bench for today’s derby with Chelsea.

The Scottish left-back has struggled for Premier League starts this season, but was man of the match on Thursday during the Gunners’ 1-0 win over FC Zurich in the Europa League.

Takehiro Tomiyasu would have been an option to replace Tierney at left-back at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, however he is a doubt after limping off with a muscle issue.

Zinchenko has only just returned to training and not played since the start of October.

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Arsenal manager Arteta makes a raft changes to his team after Thursday’s win over Zurich with William Saliba returnng in defence.

The midfield is completely revamped, with Granit Xhaka, Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey all starting. Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli join Gabriel Jesus in the forward line.

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

Subs: Turner, Tierney, Holding, Cedric, Lokonga, Elneny, Vieira, Nketiah, Nelson.

Sunday 12.00pm GMT, BT Sports

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Referee: Michael Oliver

Arsenal squad from: Hein, Ramsdale, Turner; Cedric, Gabriel, Holding, Saliba, Tierney, Tomiyasu, White, Zinchenko; Elneny, Lokonga, Odegaard, Partey, Saka, Vieira, Xhaka; Jesus, Martinelli, Marquinhos, Nelson and Nketiah.

Injured: Smith Rowe (groin)

Doubts: Tomiyasu, Turner (groin)