Jose Mourinho has a reputation to uphold on Saturday afternoon. He has never lost to Arsene Wenger in 13 competitive meetings, with seven wins and six draws over Arsenal during his time as Chelsea manager.
The last thing he needs is a key player being left in the stand or on the sidelines, never mind seven of them, and he can’t even blame them on the International break.
Oh, Wayne. Where do we begin? After leaving the England squad due a knee injury, pictures have emerged of him looking worse for wear at a wedding. He has apparently been rated as a “60-40” chance of missing Wenger’s visit.
He may have ended his dry patch during the Swansea game, nearly knocking Phil Jones’ face off with a kung-fu kick celebration, but the Swede also picked up his fifth yellow card of the season. You could see it coming as he threw his weight around during the game, with many fans calling for him to be subbed to avoid the inevitable.
The new signing looked impressive at the start of the season, but suffered a knee injury which is likely to rule him out until Christmas.
Does he have a broken toe? Does he not? Only two blokes can tell you that, the Jager-bomber himself and Jose Mourinho. In any event, the club says he is likely to be out for a month or so.
The awkward bloke in midfield with big elbows returned from international duty with a calf injury he picked up against Swansea, and is doubtful to be available for the Arsenal game.
His attitude was questioned by Mourinho after he ruled himself out of the Swansea game last time out, making him a doubt for the game this weekend. He has, however, posted a video of himself getting hench in the gym which is sure to change the gaffer’s mind…
Reports suggest he is battling to be fit for the game after breaking his arm against Manchester City and requiring surgery. Saturday’s clash could come a little too soon, though.
The visiting team have injury issues themselves, with Alexis Sanchez suffering a hamstring injury whilst on country duties. He did, however, feature for Chile on Tuesday night, bagging two goals in the process.
Hector Bellerin is likely to miss all of November due to an ankle injury. Meanwhile Lucas Perez is still out, alongside Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck who have been out long-term.