Chelsea XI vs Arsenal: Starting lineup and confirmed team news for pre-season friendly - Koulibaly on bench

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Chelsea XI vs Arsenal: Starting lineup and confirmed team news for pre-season friendly - Koulibaly on bench
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Raheem Sterling gets a first start for Chelsea in tonight’s pre-season friendly against Arsenal in Orlando, but Kalidou Koulibaly is on the bench.

Koulibaly did not feature in the loss to Charlotte on Thursday having only recently joined, but has trained with his new team-mates and, with the new Premier League season just two weeks away, should get his first minutes for his new club this evening.

Sterling had a quiet debut in the week so will be looking for more opportunity to gel in Florida, against an opponent he knows very well. He comes into the starting lineup alongside the likes of Kai Havertz and Mason Mount.

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Conor Gallagher gets another chance to impress Thomas Tuchel after struggling a few days ago, while Ethan Ampadu is another who can stake a claim from the bench.

Timo Werner starts after a hamstring injury, with the same issue also affecting Ross Barkley. Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta was in talks to join Barcelona - a move that is now in doubt - so is back on the bench.

Chelsea XI: Mendy; James, Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Emerson, Gallagher, Jorginho (c), Mount, Sterling, Havertz, Werner

Subs: Bettinelli, Sharman-Lowe, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Chilwell, Ampadu, Koulibaly, Sarr, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Ziyech, Batshuayi

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