By Dominic Toner

Cesc Fabregas is expected to retain his place in the side against his former club Arsenal.

Chelsea visit the Emirates on Saturday for the Premier League fixture and Fabregas is set to play ahead of Brazilian Oscar.

Fabregas has been restricted to the bench under Antonio Conte in the Premier League but is set to be handed his first league start of the season.

The Spanish midfielder scored the two winning goals against Leicester mid-week as they progressed 4-2 in the EFL Cup, with West Ham the next team they face in the last 16.

Fabregas, 29, has been a crucial player at Stamford Bridge since his arrival in 2014 and the fans have been publicly calling for his return to the side.

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People have questioned whether Fabregas has a future at Chelsea but told Sky Sports that speculation about him leaving is “rubbish”.

Senior players Thibaut Courtois, Branislav Ivanovic, N’Golo Kante, Willian, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are set to return to the side for the Arsenal meeting after being rested in midweek.


The absence of John Terry through injury means that Gary Cahill and David Luiz are set to continue their partnership at centre-back.

Marcus Alonso is set to be left out after making his debut, with experienced defender Ivanovic returning to the side.

Nemanja Matic and Kante have built an impressive relationship in the midfield and are the preferred options in the league.

Oscar is set to miss out in the starting line up to Fabregas, with the midfielder contributing just one assist in his opening six games.

Regular starters Hazard and Willian should return to the starting line up and help spearhead an attack led by the in-form Costa.

The Spanish forward has netted in all five of the club’s league games this season and has rediscovered his top form.

In other Chelsea news, Jurgen Klopp has revealed why Roberto Firmino did not play at Stamford Bridge.