Expected Chelsea XI vs Arsenal as Frank Lampard awaits late fitness test results

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will be forced into at least one change on Boxing Day.

The Blues take on Arsenal at the Emirates after bouncing back from defeats against Everton and Wolves by brushing aside West Ham by three goals to nil on Monday.

With Hakim Ziyech and Reece James set to remain on the sidelines, they have been joined by Ben Chilwell after he was replaced during the victory earlier this week.

Aside from those stars, Lampard will still name a strong side as he looks to create a winning run before they take on Aston Villa at home on Monday.

Edouard Mendy will remain in goal behind Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva and Emerson.

Mateo Kovacic could then come back into midfield with Mason Mount alongside N’Golo Kante.

Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic could then start out wide with Tammy Abraham in the middle.

"Expectations are higher at clubs like the ones we are both managing, but I don’t think it’s a case of him being a young manager," Lampard told Sky Sports of Mikel Arteta.

"I see him as a very talented manager, and we’ve seen examples of clubs who have built really strong squads over the last three or four years.

"The dominant teams over that period, Manchester City and Liverpool, have had time to work and improve the squad.

"They went through tough moments, and they were given time to improve through those moments. It’s only then that you really learn about players, the team and the squad as a whole.

"I’m not talking specifically about Mikel here, but just generally in the Premier League.

"If you come into a club that’s going through a period of certain transition, I think it’s very understandable there will be lots of situations and work that you need to do in order to get the club where you want it to be. It’s not all rosy as that’s not football.

"That’s not to do with the manager. I think Mikel is a highly talented coach and manager, and his team are really just going through a recent patch of difficult form.

"That’s very commonplace in the Premier League as it’s a very tough league. I’ve got huge respect for Mikel and for Arsenal. They have a quality set of players and that’s the team I’m preparing for on Boxing Day."

Expected Chelsea XI vs Arsenal

Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Zouma, Emerson; Kante, Kovacic, Mount; Werner, Abraham, Pulisic.

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