Arsenal vs Chelsea team news: Nicolas Pepe and Mesut Ozil could start for hosts, as Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and Mateo Kovavic set to return for Blues

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.

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.”

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