Key players missing as Frank Lampard releases Chelsea squad to face Arsenal
Frank Lampard almost has too many players to choose from ahead of Chelsea’s clash against Arsenal, but many supporters are hoping to see Mykhailo Mudryk given a start
Frank Lampard has several selection headaches against Arsenal as he hopes to finally record his first win as Chelsea caretaker manager. While he may be without the likes of Mason Mount and Kalidou Koulibaly, the 44-year-old still has a large pool of exciting players to choose from.
One Blues star who struggled for game time under Graham Potter was Conor Gallagher. He begun to face an increasingly uncertain future at the club, with opportunities of the essence.
However, under Lampard, Gallagher has relished a new lease of life which makes the Chelsea boss’ team selection all the more interesting. Speaking to the press ahead of the Arsenal game, Lampard addressed comparisons between the two clubs.
“It’s interesting to compare the Arsenal story,” said Lampard. “We all had a little insight in the Amazon series. When you see what they are producing now and myself as a football person, the interesting thing about watching the series and before that I went up against Mikel at Chelsea in my first year, there is a long process to get to where you want to get to.
“I remember playing against Mikel’s teams in the early stages which were sometimes five at the back, sometimes four, sometimes they build with a four and defend with a five. Now they have a very, very clear identity, and they have a clear, through recruitment, change of squad.
“Other than maybe the players that have come through, and you always need academy players to come through with a high level and they’ve had that. There has been a lot of work to that, through Mikel, through the team, through alignment, through good recruitment.
“If we talk about it as just happening this season, it’s come overnight. I think you go back to the begining and all those tougher periods. Do we have the possibility to do that? Yes.
“Will it take a lot of time and good decisions along the way? Absolutely yes. You can get there. Those things have been a credit to Arsenal because I saw and you remember the times when the manager was being questioned, the owners were being questioned and players were being questioned.
“That process can take two or three years which it has done. Within that two or three years you have to make a lot of right decisions and keep working in a good way. To be fair, from the coaching side, it’s great to see a club stick with a manager when maybe at another club they may have changed a manager two or three times.
“They’re a great example of that done well and part of the answer to why they are where they are now, alongside very good coaching and good players.”
So, with that being said, football.london has taken a look at the full squad of players available to Lampard against Wolves.
Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Edouard Mendy, Marcus Bettinelli, Lucas Bergstrom.
Defenders: Thiago Silva, Wesley Fofana, Benoit Badiashile, Trevoh Chalobah, Ben Chilwell, Cesar Azpilicueta.
Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Enzo Fernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Denis Zakaria, Conor Gallagher, Carney Chukwuemeka, Lewis Hall.
Forwards: Kai Havertz, Joao Felix, Mykhailo Mudryk, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Noni Madueke, David Datro Fofana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.