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CHELSEA VS ARSENAL

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM

CHELSEA (4-2-3-1)

COURTOIS, IVANOVIC, ZOUMA, CAHILL, AZPILICUETA,

FABREGAS, MATIC,

PEDRO, WILLIAN, HAZARD, COSTA

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)

GIROUD, SANCHEZ, OZIL, RAMSEY, CAZORLA, COQUELIN,

MONREAL, KOSCIELNY, MERTESACKER, BELLERIN, CECH

Reigning champions Chelsea are suffering their worst-ever start to a Barclays Premier League campaign after losing three of their last four league games - equal to the number of games they lost throughout the whole of last season.

Indeed, their four points from five games, which leaves them in 17th place in the table, represents the club's worst start to a top-flight campaign since 1986, when they drew three and lost two of their first five.

It is only the third time that Chelsea boss JosÈ Mourinho has lost successive games and the first since May 2006 when the Blues had already confirmed the title before losing 1-0 in their final two games.

But if they failed to find the target against Arsenal - and former goalkeeper Petr Cech - it will be the first time Mourinho has ever seen his Chelsea side fail to score in three league games in a row.

It will be an emotional return to Stamford Bridge for Cech, who won 13 major trophies - including four Premier League titles - during his 11 years at Chelsea.

Arsenal should face a former favourite themselves, with Cesc Fabregas featuring in Chelsea's midfielder having returned to the Premier League from Barcelona last summer.

Arsenal, having started the season with a home defeat to West Ham, are improving and sit in third place after beating Stoke 2-0 last Saturday.