Two Chelsea players to miss Arsenal game. Lampard insists Chelsea will cope

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Ahead of our Boxing Day clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists the Blues will cope without Reece James and Ben Chilwell.

Both fullbacks are expected to miss the game against Arsenal due to injury.

James missed the West Ham game and will miss the Arsenal game due to a problem with his knee while Chilwell hurt his ankle and had to be substituted in the first half against West Ham on Monday.

“A slight difference in attributes can change things to a degree but I don’t expect too much because they are accomplished players,” Lampard said.

“The captain of the club, Azpi, did brilliantly (against West Ham) in all senses of his game, particularly the defensive side which was so important in the way they play.

“Emer did well as well. When we train we work inclusively as a whole squad and know the movements we want to make. We’ll prepare for Arsenal and onwards with our attacking plan.

“We want to attack with our full-backs, they know that. Reece and Chilly have been doing really well, we hope their injuries are not that bad and they will be in and around the games over Christmas, so we’ll see.

“But I was pleased with the two lads, they were comfortable.”

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