Mendy benched as Chelsea and Arsenal make a combined 12 changes |

It’s 12 matches down, three to go as Triple Gameweek 35 continues with Chelsea v Arsenal on Wednesday evening.

Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is at 20:15 BST.

Mikel Arteta and Thomas Tuchel have been prone to a spot of rotation in the spring, with both of their sides juggling domestic duties with involvement on the continent.

Changes always looked likely for this second Gameweek 35 fixture for the pair and there have indeed been a dozen alterations to the two starting XIs this evening.

Only four of Thomas Tuchel’s side have survived the cut from the 2-1 win over Manchester City.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Reece James, Billy Gilmour and Christian Pulisic are the lucky quartet.

That means that Edouard Mendy drops to the bench, with Kepa Arrizabalaga making his third Premier League start in the Tuchel era.

Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Ben Chilwell, Jorginho, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz are also recalled, with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, N’Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech making way.

Rudiger, Kante and Christensen are all absent from the match day squad, with the latter having previously been confirmed as being injured.

Arteta has made a mere five changes to the team that beat West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kieran Tierney, Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey and Pablo Marí are all promoted to the starting XI.

Budget FPL midfielder Emile Smith Rowe has recovered from a hamstring strain to start.

Calum Chambers, Willian, Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos and Gabriel Martinelli all drop to the bench.


Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Zouma, James, Gilmour, Jorginho, Chilwell, Mount, Pulisic, Havertz.

Subs: Alonso, Werner, Mendy, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Emerson Palmieri, Anjorin, Livramento.

Arsenal:Leno, Holding, Gabriel, Pablo Mari, Tierney, Thomas, Elneny, Saka, Odegaard, Smith-Rowe, Aubameyang.

Subs: Bellerin, Ceballos, Lacazette, Willian, Cedric, Pepe, Chambers, Ryan, Martinelli.

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