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Arsenal vs Chelsea - 5 Players who could play a key role in the match | Premier League 2019-20

  • Neither Arsenal nor Chelsea can afford to drop points at this stage of the campaign.
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Modified 30 Dec 2019, 18:19 IST

4. Christian Pulisic

Pulisic could play a key role in unlocking Arsenal
Pulisic could play a key role in unlocking Arsenal's defence

Since joining Chelsea in the summer, Christian Pulisic has been a regular in Lampard's team. The 21-year-old has made a total of 22 appearances this season, including 15 in the Premier League where he scored five goals and provided two assists.

The former Borussia Dortmund winger impressed fans in October and early November when he netted the first hat-trick of his career in England. However, after that couple of successful games, Pulisic's form has dropped. He has not contributed to any goal in the EPL since late November and Lampard has started him on the bench in the last two games.

The American's quick passing and effective dribbling will be extremely effective against a slow and clumsy Arsenal backline.


3. Tammy Abraham

Abraham
Abraham's tall stature makes him a threat in set-pieces

Abraham is currently the top-scorer of the Blues this season with 13 goals and 4 assists. The 22-year-old has been superb and is understandably well-liked by Lampard. As compared to other more experienced forwards such as Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud, the Chelsea manager has time and again opted to start Abraham.

Last season, the England international went out on loan to Aston Villa where he made 37 appearances in the Championship and netted 25 times. This season, instead of leaving on loan again, Abraham has stayed and benefitted from Lampard's arrival at Stamford Bridge.

For the upcoming London derby clash, the striker will definitely be assured of a role in the starting eleven. His tall-built also makes him a threat in set-pieces, something Arsenal have trouble defending against in recent months.


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Published 27 Dec 2019, 19:01 IST
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