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Reserve League: Arsenal v Chelsea - Preview

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By Nick Teale
Arsenal Reserves host Chelsea at Underhill tonight as the Gunners look to continue their 100 per cent record so far this season.
It's three weeks since they were last in league action but in that time Neil Banfield's side have beaten Olympiacos Under-20s 3-1, and many of the regulars were involved in the Carling Cup victory over West Brom.
"The Carling Cup gives everyone a buzz," said the manager ahead of Chelsea's visit. "They've all done really well and they're all looking forward to the next one and a good game against Chelsea."
The Blues are the only other 'Big Four' side in the Premier Reserve League South and Banfield knows it will be a tricky fixture.
"I think it will be a good game. I think they'll be a young team like us with maybe a couple of senior players involved, so we're looking forward to it."

Chelsea lost their opening game 4-0 at home to Aston Villa but have since beaten Portsmouth and Wolves and are now third in the table, a place behind the Gunners.
Arsenal have won all three games so far without conceding a goal, and Banfield is hoping for more of the same on Monday evening.
"They've been working hard in training and [I'll be looking for] a continuation of the performances they've put in for the last three games."
The game kicks off at 7.05pm and is live on Arsenal TV Online from 6.55pm (UK time).

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