Ozil out of Chelsea v Arsenal, Sanchez and Hazard on bench

Alexis Sanchez, meanwhile, was one of two members of the regular starting XI alongside Nacho Monreal to start against the Bundesliga side after Wenger felt that it will help build match fitness.

The Blues certainly impressed in running away with the title last season, but had the advantage of no European football also, and their squad isn't the biggest which could hampèr them in my personal opinion.

"Last year, until we lost at Everton [in December], we had not lost away the whole year".

Chelsea - the Premier League champions - have been ticking over nicely since their opening weekend defeat at home to Burnley. Team News Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater was an unused substitute against his former club Leicester City and he is scheduled to be out for four weeks with a calf problem. 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.

Arsene Wenger is positive that he will have the service of Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil when Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea on Sunday (17 September).

Antonio Conte, meanwhile, is still unwilling to risk Eden Hazard following his lengthy lay-off with an ankle injury - the Belgium global will start the fixture on the bench. 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.

Chelsea make three changes from the team that beat FK Qarabag 6-0 in the Champions League, with David Luiz, Victor Moses and Alvaro Morata in for Andreas Christensen, Davide Zappacosta and Michy Batshuayi.