Calum Chambers praised the impact David Luiz has had at Arsenal following his surprise move from Chelsea.

The Brazil international swapped London clubs in a reported £8million move in August and has started seven of the Gunners' eight Premier League games in the 2019-20 season so far.

He scored his first goal for the club in the 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Sunday and Chambers says he is delighted to be playing alongside someone with so much experience.

"David has been brilliant," he said. "He has come in and no-one in the club has a bad word to say about him.

"He is one of the nicest guys I have met. He talks to you, gives you advice and makes everyone feel like he is giving you his undivided attention.

"Obviously he was won things and I haven't won as many things as he has, so there are things I can learn from him, it is always good to have experience like that in the team.

"Off the pitch, he is a great guy and on the pitch he brings his qualities and is playing well at the moment."

After a sluggish start to the season, the Gunners sit third in the table, just a point behind champions Manchester City.

Chambers says Unai Emery has stressed the importance of putting together a winning streak and is eager to resume domestic duties after the international break.

"We were speaking before the [Bournemouth] game, about building up momentum," he added.

"Our away form has been okay, so we have just got to keep working hard. We have a couple of weeks now to knuckle down with the players that will be here and to keep learning what the manager wants us to do and take that onto the pitch.

"We have got a really strong squad, with a lot of quality players. We know we have got quality and we can see that. We have just got to keep working hard and believing in ourselves and the results will keep on coming."

Arsenal's next game is away to Sheffield United on October 21.

David Luiz's first Arsenal goal secured a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium and lifted the Gunners to third in the Premier League.

The Brazilian defender's ninth-minute header settled a low-key contest on Sunday as Unai Emery's men extended their undefeated streak to eight games in all competitions.

Callum Wilson failed to track the centre-back for the winner and later squandered a rare, clear-cut opening for an equaliser.

There were otherwise precious few opportunities for either side, the Cherries slumping to a seventh defeat in nine instances of this fixture.

Bournemouth had conceded five times in each of their three previous Premier League trips to London and fell behind early on this occasion.

David Luiz darted clear of striker Wilson and glanced a header inside the far upright from Nicolas Pepe's corner.

Pepe next went close with a curling effort and had penalty appeals rejected when Diego Rico took a mixture of ball and man in the 23rd minute.

Wilson should have brought Bournemouth level five minutes after the interval but, after bursting onto Dominic Solanke's pass and gliding past Bernd Leno, the England striker pulled the ball across the face with the goal at his mercy.

Arsenal started to live dangerously and needed goalkeeper Leno to tip behind a deflected Jack Stacey cross just prior to the hour.

But the lapse in concentration was fleeting and, having failed to take advantage, Eddie Howe's side could ultimately have few complaints about a third league defeat of the season.

What does it mean? Gunners in good spirits

There was little glamour about the manner of Arsenal's victory but head coach Emery will not mind much as his team enter the international break in a strong position.

They have responded well domestically since losing at Liverpool in August and are placed well in the Europa League.

Chambers putting up a fight for right-back berth

Hector Bellerin might be fit again but he will not be assured of a starting place if Calum Chambers continues his form.

Nominally a centre-back, the versatile defender did his job on the right side of a back four as he kept Bournemouth's dangerous wingers under wraps and offered enough thrust going forward.

Wilson fall short of usual standard

Cherries striker Wilson travelled to the capital with a fine record of three goals in four Premier League appearances against Arsenal but will not want this match to live long in the memory.

The rumoured Manchester United target lost David Luiz for the opener and, amid an off-colour performance, passed up Bournemouth's best opportunity for an equaliser.

What's next?

Arsenal have a fortnight to prepare for their next Premier League fixture, a trip to Sheffield United on October 21.

Bournemouth's first match back after the international break is at home to Norwich City two days earlier.

David Luiz believes Arsenal can be highly satisfied with their "mature" display in Monday's come-from-behind 1-1 draw away to Manchester United.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's neat 58th-minute finish - awarded following a VAR review of an incorrect offside decision - earned the Gunners a deserved point.

The striker's seventh goal in as many Premier League games this season cancelled out Scott McTominay's brilliant first-half strike and inched Unai Emery's men into fourth above West Ham on goals scored.

Though the match was otherwise light on chances and quality, defender David Luiz headed back to London in good spirits.

"We have to be happy with our performance," the centre-back said after the match.

"It is never easy to play here [at Old Trafford]. It is not easy when you concede a goal [before half-time] but after that it was a great game, a proper Premier League game, a proper derby.

"There is still a long way to go, we are trying to improve the team every week and I think we did a great game, and a mature game here.

"It is not easy to play with maturity here, but I think we did that tonight."

Arsenal were only able to celebrate Aubameyang's equaliser following the intervention of VAR, which showed him to be clearly onside when he received Bukayo Saka's pass.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed the assistant referee's raised flag contributed to hesitation in his defence but David Luiz had little sympathy.

"Now with VAR you have to adapt, you have to play to the end," the Brazilian said.

"You can prepare for that in training. It is not easy, sometimes defenders will stop, but you just have to adapt."

Mistakes from Sokratis and David Luiz saw Arsenal squander a two-goal lead as Watford earned a 2-2 draw in Quique Sanchez Flores' first game back in charge at Vicarage Road. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's deadly finishing, in the absence of the injured Alexandre Lacazette, looked to have steered Arsenal to victory after the Gabon international netted twice in 11 first-half minutes to take his tally to five in five Premier League games this season.

Unai Emery's men took the lead when Will Hughes was bundled off the ball and Aubameyang finished off a fast break with a cool finish, and the second arrived soon after courtesy of an astute Mesut Ozil throughball.

But Arsenal came under heavy pressure in the opening stages of both halves of an entertaining encounter and Watford pulled one back after a calamitous pass from Sokratis allowed Tom Cleverley a chance that he buried with aplomb.

David Luiz conceded a penalty nine minutes from time that substitute Roberto Pereyra confidently converted.

Arsenal, who came from behind to draw 2-2 with Tottenham in their last outing, are now winless in three Premier League games, while Sanchez Flores doubled Watford's points tally for the season by guiding them to a draw.

David Luiz will learn from the mistakes he has made early in his Arsenal career, according to Per Mertesacker.

The defender has struggled since signing from Chelsea, making high-profile errors in Premier League games against Liverpool and north London rivals Tottenham.

Arsenal are fifth into the table ahead of Sunday's trip to Watford and Gunners academy manager Mertesacker feels the Brazilian will bounce back.

"I think he will learn from his mistakes on the pitch, but he is very comfortable being at Arsenal," former Germany centre-back Mertesacker told Sky Sports.

"That's what I have been seeing. So we are happy to have him.

"He brings something different to the table right now. So I think he is able to learn and excel his level of being an Arsenal player."

Arsenal began a match with their starry front three for the first time against Tottenham as Unai Emery selected new signing Nicolas Pepe alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack.

Lacazette and Aubameyang scored to help Arsenal fight back from 2-0 down to claim a draw at home, but Mertesacker feels the Gunners may need a tactical rethink.

"I think we have a lack of balance right now, where you feel like, OK we have amazing strikers but they as well need to understand that we need to have a certain compactness," Mertesacker said.

"It's not only about our three strikers providing an offensive threat. It is about these front three as well, leading the first front line as being a defensive unit.

"So I think we need to be cautious of that. No matter how much striking power you have got, you need to have a sense of defensive compactness from everyone."

David Luiz conceded Arsenal's defenders have to take responsibility for their errors as he revealed he played through pain during the north London derby.

The Gunners clawed their way back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Tottenham on Sunday, with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both on target.

Granit Xhaka was particularly culpable for Spurs' second, sending Harry Kane to the spot after a wild challenge on Son Heung-min, but David Luiz acknowledged the need for an under-fire back four to address their faults.

Unai Emery's side have conceded five goals in two games, with the former Chelsea defender himself shouldering blame for giving away a penalty in last month's 3-1 loss to Liverpool.

The 32-year-old accepts criticism will come his way if clean sheets prove elusive.

"I think it's normal, in my all my career it has been like that, especially when you are a defender," David Luiz told Sky Sports.

"Strikers never lose games unless they miss a penalty in the last minute. This is football.

"The defenders have to take responsibility and take this in a good way, in a humble way, to understand when we make a mistake and say that.

"I'm going to try to do my best, always. I think my game until the penalty at Liverpool was very good, especially for my first big game for Arsenal."

Sunday's derby marked David Luiz's second Emirates Stadium appearance and third in the Premier League since a close-season switch from Chelsea and the centre-back suggested he carried a knock throughout the end-to-end contest.

"Today, even with pain, I played the whole game and tried to show this spirit until the very end," he said.

"I am trying to improve with the team every single day and be mature to understand this kind of moment."

Losses for Arsenal and Tottenham last weekend are set to add extra spice to the always feisty north London derby at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The Gunners were comfortably outdone by a Mohamed Salah-inspired Liverpool in a 3-1 defeat that ended their perfect start to the Premier League season.

Times are even tougher for Tottenham, who slipped up at home to Newcastle United and seem distracted by the transfer speculation surrounding star playmaker Christian Eriksen.

Clarity of purpose can be discovered in matches of this magnitude but a survey of the Opta data sheds light on just how difficult it will be for Spurs to succeed.

 

AWAY GAME NO ESCAPE FOR SPURS

Lucas Moura urged Tottenham to stop dropping "stupid points" at home right before the loss to lowly Newcastle.

Taking a break from the club's shiny new 62,000-seater ground might seem attractive in the wake of last weekend's result but there is scant consolation to be found on the road, even when the journey is only brief.

Spurs are winless in seven Premier League away games, a run not endured since an eight-game streak between December 2011 and April 2012.

Goals from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli did secure an EFL Cup victory at Emirates Stadium last season.

Could it be regarded as something of a wasted win?

Only once before - in 1925 and 1926 - have Tottenham won consecutive matches at Arsenal and it would take a first away league victory for Mauricio Pochettino over Unai Emery at the fifth attempt to break almost 100 years of history.

HEAD TO HEAD: DAVID LUIZ V DAVINSON SANCHEZ

Both sides need to return to form and, individually, so too do David Luiz and Davinson Sanchez.

The former was outfoxed by Salah for each of the Egyptian's two goals at Anfield, while Colombia international Sanchez completely lost Joelinton for Newcastle's winner.

Should he again be selected ahead of Jan Vertonghen, Sanchez will have a big job to do against Arsenal's dangerous, quick forwards and there are clear improvements he must make.

The 23-year-old has won a meagre 55 per cent of his tackles since the start of the last Premier League season, far inferior to the more experienced David Luiz's success rate of 74 per cent.

Opposition players also dribble past the Spurs centre-back with far more regularity - 0.77 times per match - than his fellow South American, who gets beaten an average of 0.24 times every 90 minutes.

David Luiz, winner of 54 per cent of aerial battles, remains some way short of a perfect back-four member and could struggle to deal with Harry Kane if Spurs can sling inviting crosses into the area.

FORM GUIDE

Arsenal headed to Merseyside with a maximum six Premier League points already registered and left with their confidence dented.

Emery's tactical tweaks subdued a slick Liverpool for close to 45 minutes but, once Joel Matip made the breakthrough, the European champions were simply too strong.

Still, after wins against Newcastle and Burnley, it could be worse, as Pochettino can attest.

His team's luck ran out after a fortunate draw at Manchester City as they spluttered to a 1-0 loss at home to Steve Bruce's Magpies, a side that had been reeling from a harrowing defeat on the road to Norwich City. 

Sluggish starts have been an issue: Watford are the only other Premier League team to have conceded the opening goal in all three matches this term.

HISTORY SAYS...

Beware the September specialists!

Sunday heralds the end of August and marks the beginning of a traditionally excellent month for Arsenal.

The Gunners have won more Premier League games (60) and boast a higher win rate (61 per cent) than any other side in September.

Converting penalties is important whichever page the calendar is on and particularly so in the north London derby.

Harry Kane scored one in March, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did not, and now spot-kicks have been the source of five of the past 14 goals in this fixture.

David Luiz warned Arsenal they needed to improve defensively to challenge for the Premier League title.

Arsenal's perfect start to the league campaign was ended on Saturday, suffering a 3-1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield.

Unai Emery's men have kept one clean sheet in three Premier League games to start the season and David Luiz said defensive improvement was key.

"We have to [bring the number of goals down]. I think if you concede a lot of goals you cannot fight for the title so this is one main thing we have to think about and try to reduce and try to make the team stronger," he told UK media.

"It is not just about me, it is not just about the defenders, it is about the mentality of the team."

David Luiz gave away a penalty during the loss to Liverpool, while the former Chelsea defender was also beaten by Mohamed Salah for the third goal.

The 32-year-old believes it could have been a different game had Arsenal taken their chances to grab the lead against the European champions.

"I think the team already did great against Newcastle, did great against Burnley to understand the kind of game we were playing for," David Luiz said

"We were clinical in Newcastle with one clear opportunity we scored and didn't concede.

"With Burnley, we were clinical to understand the game is always to play first ball, second ball, fighting. They tried to score with free-kicks and things like that and we did amazing and [against Liverpool] I think it could be a different game if we scored [first] but we did not and so this is about football.

"Football is like that. Every week is a new history and we have to try and learn and improve our game."

Chelsea and Manchester City enjoyed successful away trips in gameweek three of the Premier League season, with the Blues turning to youth for inspiration while the champions were inspired by longstanding heroes.

A transfer ban has forced Frank Lampard to rely on a batch of talented Chelsea youngsters as he looks to make a positive start to life as a Premier League manager, and some of his hottest prospects showed more than just potential on their trip to Norwich City.

While Chelsea picked up a first league win of the season and Manchester City took three points from their trip to Bournemouth, it is Liverpool who remain the top flight's pace-setters after they brushed Arsenal aside at Anfield.

With the help of Opta's stats, take a deep dive into the weekend's biggest stories.

 

ABRAHAM AT THE DOUBLE FOR LAMPARD'S YOUNG BLUES

Lampard fielded Chelsea's youngest Premier League side for 25 years at Carrow Road, where Tammy Abraham scored twice in a 3-2 victory.

With the likes of Abraham, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic in the side, the Blues' average age was just 24 years and 208 days, making it the most youthful Chelsea team to play a Premier League game since February 1994 against Oldham (average age: 24y 190d).

Abraham, who has scored more league goals since the start of last season (28) than any other English player in the top two divisions, became the third youngest player to score a double for Chelsea in the Premier League - after Mark Nicholls in January 1998 and Eddie Newton in December 1992.

Mount also found the net, scoring for the second game running, and the last time Chelsea had two English players under the age of 21 score in the same Premier League match was back in August 1992 (Newton and Graham Stuart against Sheffield Wednesday).

SILVA SHINES ON LANDMARK APPEARANCE

Manchester City saw off Bournemouth 3-1 at the Vitality Stadium to make it nine top-flight wins out of nine in this fixture - the best 100 per cent win record by a team over an opponent in top-flight history.

Kevin De Bruyne set up the first of Sergio Aguero's two goals on the south coast to register his 50th Premier League assist in his 123rd appearance, reaching that milestone figure in fewer games than any other player in the competition's history.

Argentina international Aguero's second came 19 minutes into the second half and was his 400th career goal for club and country, with 235 of those coming for City.

The match was also a special occasion for David Silva, who marked his 400th appearance for City with a couple of assists of his own. The Spanish midfielder has assisted more than once in 14 separate Premier League games - only Ryan Giggs and Cesc Fabregas have done so more often (17 games).

Harry Wilson's sublime free-kick late in the first half to make it 2-1 saw him become the youngest player, at 22 years and 156 days, to score in his first two Premier League appearances since Anthony Martial in September 2015 (19 years, 289 days).

SALAH STILL DEADLY AS LIVERPOOL STREAK CONTINUES

Liverpool won for the 12th league game running with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal - their best streak in the Premier League and their joint-best ever in all league competition, equalling the record set under Kenny Dalglish in 1990.

Mohamed Salah scored a second-half double at Anfield and has now been directly involved in more Premier League goals against Arsenal than he has any other side - six goals and two assists, including a goal in all four of his home games against them.

The first of Salah's goals came via the penalty spot after he was pulled back by David Luiz inside the box. Arsenal have given away eight Premier League penalties since the start of last season - only Brighton and Hove Albion with 10 have faced more.

It was a familiar story for Arsenal in many ways as they have now failed to win any of their last 23 away league games against fellow 'big six' sides, conceding 53 goals and keeping just one clean sheet during that run.

The performance of Nicolas Pepe on his full debut did give Arsenal supporters something to take away from the game, however, with the club-record signing becoming the first player to successfully dribble past Virgil van Dijk in the Liverpool defender's last 50 league appearances.

JOELINTON HELPS MAGPIES END 'BIG SIX' HOODOO

Newcastle United got their first Premier League win under Steve Bruce thanks to Joelinton's first-half winner against Tottenham, and drew a line under a long-standing struggle on the road against the division's top sides.

Prior to Sunday's result, Newcastle had not beaten one of the Premier League's 'big six' in an away fixture since a 2-1 victory in December 2015 - also against Tottenham.

The game was disappointing for Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who saw his side suffer their first league defeat of the season in his 500th match as a manager in all competitions and his first defeat against Newcastle since May 2016 (a 5-1 loss).

It was a different story for Bruce, who recorded his first away victory as a manager against Spurs in the Premier League, and became the sixth boss in the competition's history to win a match with five or more different teams after Alan Pardew (5), Harry Redknapp (5), Mark Hughes (6), Roy Hodgson (5) and Sam Allardyce (7).

Almost everything about Arsenal's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday was predictable.

It was vintage Arsenal, but for all the wrong reasons.

The Gunners made a fist of it for 41 minutes – by which point they were 3-0 down on their last visit to Anfield - yet once Liverpool were ahead through Joel Matip, it just looked a matter of how many they would score.

Ultimately the Reds made do with a comfortable two-goal cushion, with Lucas Torreira getting a late consolation after coming on as a substitute.

But Arsenal found themselves clinging on at times in the second half, with the match affirming many pre-match expectations.

 

Pepe's party tricks undermined when it mattered

No doubt supporters will have been excited by the prospect of seeing club-record signing Nicolas Pepe line up for the first time since his £72million move from Lille.

The Ivory coast international joined Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack and he cannot be accused of going missing.

After all, he became the first player in 50 matches to dribble past Virgil van Dijk in the first half, before going on a brilliant run that saw him make a mockery of Andrew Robertson's attempt at defending.

However, the latter situation also presented him with a glorious chance to score in a one-on-one situation. His lack of composure was alarming for a player who scored 22 Ligue 1 goals last term, as he took his shot too early and fired straight at Adrian.

There's no doubt he has ability and some of his touches proved as much, though the performance was closer to impersonating former Gunner Gervinho, rather than the legendary Thierry Henry.

 

Arsenal's recruitment issues laid bare

It was Pepe's first Premier League start – he should improve with time.

But that does not change the perception Arsenal would have been wiser splashing £72m on other areas of the squad, rather than on an attack that already includes Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

David Luiz's hapless showing is the case in point.

The Brazilian, brought in as Laurent Koscielny's replacement, was presumably supposed to add the knowledge provided by 'experience', but signing a centre-back with his track record when trying to shore up a leaky defence is akin to using paper to cover a burst pipe.

He was all over the place at Anfield, conceding a penalty by pulling Mohamed Salah's shirt before being left for dead by the Egyptian for his second goal.

 

Aubameyang a flat-track bully?

Arsenal fans generally consider themselves lucky to have Aubameyang. After all, he has been an excellent signing in terms of his output.

However, there have certainly been doubts raised about his effectiveness against the top sides. The Gabon striker has managed just three goals in 14 games against the Premier League's so-called 'big six'.

Against the rest of the teams he has played against in the top flight, Aubameyang has netted 31 in 38 matches, averaging a goal every 94 minutes.

He threatened a few times at Anfield but was nowhere near ruthless enough, letting Adrian get away with a poor clearance when he sent a lobbed effort wide of an open goal in the first period.

He then took an age to make a decision after the break when played through on goal, allowing Joel Matip to make a last-ditch tackle. Aubameyang's blushes were spared somewhat by the flag eventually going up for offside.

 

Reds silence Gunners… Again

Perhaps most predictable of all was that Arsenal simply lost against Liverpool.

The Gunners have not won at Anfield since 2012, their barren streak including losing 4-0, 4-1 and 5-1 (twice).

Before this weekend, Arsenal had won just three games against the 'big six' under Unai Emery. While Saturday was technically an improvement on the 5-1 battering last season from Arsenal's perspective, that's hardly a ringing endorsement of the Spaniard's side.

Next up: Tottenham in the north London derby.

Arsenal defender David Luiz says he left Chelsea to escape his comfort zone following a "real honest conversation" with Frank Lampard.

The Brazilian moved across London for a reported £8million fee on deadline day.

His guaranteed starting spot under Maurizio Sarri became less secure with Lampard's return to Stamford Bridge and the former team-mates agreed to part ways.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery looks to have bigger plans in mind for the 32-year-old and handed him a debut in Saturday's 2-1 home win over Burnley.

"I am a guy with ambition and that is why I moved," David Luiz said.

"This is what gives me oxygen and gives me motivation and also to really enjoy this moment.

"But I like a new challenge and new things in my life.

"I am trying to be first honest with my heart and honest in the way that I try to feel new things."

After two seasons at Paris Saint-Germain, David Luiz returned to Chelsea for a second stint in 2016 and went on to win the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Europa League.

"Everyone knows I was so happy at Chelsea and won many trophies there," he said.

"I had a real honest conversation with Lamps, and Lamps had different ideas for his plans for the year.

"So the best way for me to respect the club where I can was to move on and try to do a new challenge and give him the opportunity to do his job.

"I am so happy here [at Arsenal] as since the first day I felt welcome.

"This is a big club and I want to be here and see it shine – on the pitch and outside."

David Luiz commended his new team-mates for being humble and hungry following a victorious Arsenal debut against Burnley at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in a 2-1 win as Unai Emery's men moved to maximum points from two Premier League games for the first time in a decade.

Ashley Barnes equalised for Burnley between the goals but defender David Luiz otherwise impressed in his first appearance since a deadline-day move from Chelsea.

The 32-year-old thanked the Arsenal fans for accepting him and praised the squad head coach Emery has assembled.

"I'm so happy to be here, to try to do my job, and also to enjoy these quality players," David Luiz told BT Sport.

"This team has a lot to learn, it can improve a lot and we can fight for all the competitions, step by step and working hard.

"It's a pleasure to be here because everybody is humble, everybody wants to learn and everybody wants to improve and we want this club to shine again.

"I tried to do my best. Our style is to play football. We changed a bit because the game shows us to play a different way.

"But when you have confidence and when you are training with the team you have to try to do the plan.

"I think in the end I did very well."

Aubameyang scored the only goal in last weekend's 1-0 defeat of Newcastle United and grabbed a second winner in as many matches when he lashed in an unerring 64th-minute strike.

Dani Ceballos provided the assist, just as he did with the corner that led to Lacazette's early opener.

Arsenal fans gave the on-loan Real Madrid midfielder a warm round of applause when he left the pitch and also gained a first glimpse of club-record signing Nicolas Pepe, who was introduced at half-time.

"We feel stronger," striker Aubameyang said.

"Players like David, Dani Ceballos, Pepe, they came here and now we feel stronger. I feel sure we can fight for the top four."

David Luiz will make his Arsenal debut against Burnley on Saturday, but Nicolas Pepe has been kept waiting for a first Premier League start.

A deadline-day signing from Chelsea, the experienced David Luiz joins Dani Ceballos and Alexandre Lacazette in the XI as Unai Emery makes three changes to the team that won 1-0 at Newcastle United.

Lacazette was an unused substitute in that match and Spanish midfielder Ceballos appeared in the second half following his loan move from Real Madrid.

Pepe, a club-record signing from Lille, could feature off the bench for the second week running as Granit Xhaka drops out of the squad due to back and leg bruising.

Mesut Ozil is missing as a result of illness earlier in the week, but Sead Kolasinac is back in the matchday fold.

At his pre-match news conference, head coach Emery stated both players were mentally ready to return to action after being given time off due to concerns over their safety.

Ozil and Kolasinac were victims of an apparent attempted carjacking in July and missed last weekend's season-opening victory.

Calum Chambers and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, starters at St James' Park, are relegated to the bench.

Frank Lampard insists selling the experienced David Luiz to Arsenal was not about sending a message to his Chelsea squad.

The Blues boss rejected reports his former team-mate went on strike to force the deadline day move and instead described the surprise transfer as a decision made purely for footballing reasons.

Chelsea are understood to have gained £8million in return but have been left with only a single centre-back aged over 24.

Lampard, a first-time head coach at Premier League level, denied David Luiz's departure had anything to do with wanting to stamp his authority at Stamford Bridge.

"I think it would have been naive to try to flex my muscles," Lampard said.

"I don't need to do that.

"I just play it as I see it. I watch how the players train, I watch how the players react in the dressing room, how the spirit is. And then I have to make decisions.

"The last thing I want to do is look back on these times and think 'I wish I had done that differently'.

"These are just decisions that I do daily. If it looks like [a power play] from the outside, then it wasn't. I did it purely as a football decision."

Chelsea begin their Premier League campaign away to Manchester United on Sunday.

Kurt Zouma is expected to partner Andreas Christensen at the heart of defence as Antonio Rudiger steps up his recovery from a knee injury sustained last season.

Unai Emery has admitted to discussing an Arsenal exit with much-maligned defender Shkodran Mustafi.

The Gunners have developed new depth at centre-back following the deadline day signing of David Luiz from Chelsea and Calum Chambers' return from a loan spell at Fulham.

Mustafi, 27, ranks behind that pair and Sokratis Papastathopoulos in the pecking order and could still be allowed to find a new club before the transfer window closes across Europe on September 2.

Signed in 2016, the Germany international has failed to impress in the Premier League and was booed by his own fans during a friendly loss to Lyon at Emirates Stadium.

"I spoke with him when we finished last season, I spoke with him when we started pre-season and I spoke with him also two weeks ago saying maybe there was the possibility he can leave," Emery said of the former Sampdoria and Valencia player.

"But I don't have doubts if he needs to play because he is a good player.

"We decided to be more competitive in each position, at centre-back with David Luiz, with another player in the middle with [Dani] Ceballos, with Kieran Tierney, with [Nicolas] Pepe.

"I think being more competitive [means] we can respond better in the season.

"Some players, maybe they can play less with that situation and can leave.

"But it's one decision taken with the player, with the club, with the team. At the moment [Mustafi] is here and really, if we need, he plays with us. I have confidence he will do well."

Mustafi's likely replacement, David Luiz, has not been without his own detractors.

The 32-year-old courted criticism for erratic performances throughout two stints at Stamford Bridge, but Emery is backing the Brazilian to be a success in north London.

"Last year he won the Europa League and he played every match in the Premier League," the Arsenal boss said

"It's very difficult to find something negative from him. There are a lot more positive things to help us."

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