Arsenal hero Merson: Ozil couldn't get a game at Chelsea

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Arsene Wenger has used Welbeck often this term, and clearly sees him as a positive option out wide, although the player himself is also used centrally as a makeshift striker.

Asked whether the club would need his fighting spirit against Chelsea, Wenger said: 'Yes, but he played at Liverpool as well.

Combined XI's are, by their very nature, meant to cause debate but despite looking like Merson is taking a dig at his former club, there can be little argument at this moment in time that Chelsea would absolutely dominate any fictional combined XI were it to play in some sort of fictional combined XI league.

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater is expected to be out until the October global break.

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Chelsea are coming off a huge start to their Champions League campaign midweek, smashing Qarabag 6-nil at home.

Hazard is still waiting for his first start of the season for Chelsea after being named among the substitutes to face Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Arsenal are likely to recall a host of first-team regulars for the short trip. Francis Coquelin is out with a hamstring problem and Santi Cazorla is ruled out with an ankle injury. Despite getting off to a great start in the Europa League on Thursday, securing a 3-1 win over FC Koln, Arsenal's league form has been somewhat lacklustre as they now lie in 13th in the league standings, but it is still early days. The Gunners haven't kept a Premier League clean sheet at Stamford Bridge in their last 12 visits there, shipping at least twice in each of the eight.

The Gunners have lost both away games this season, including the 4-0 humiliation at Liverpool. Chelsea has scored in 23 successive Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, in over half of these (12) Chelsea have scored three or more goals.