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Tweets: Fans label Chelsea Under-23 side better than Arsenal

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When Chelsea's under-23 side lined up against Southampton on Tuesday afternoon, nobody expected a Twitter meltdown to follow.

However, considering it's meant to be a development squad, the side contained a strong contingent of their first team squad, which a number of fans joked was better than Arsenal's first team.

With three established names in the side, many joked that they were just plugging the gaps left by the 38 youngsters to have left the club on loan over the summer.

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John Terry, Cesc Febregas and Michy Batshuayi were all handed starting roles alongside the likes of  goalkeeper Eduardo, Kurt Zouma and Marco van Ginkel, who are all making their returns from injury layoffs.

Brazilian international defender David Luiz was also watching on from the sidelines to cheer the club's 'youngsters'.

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John Terry, who is still the regular first team captain, has struggled to make his way back into the side following his return from an ankle injury, but despite his obvious experience, the former England man was forced to give up the armband to Fankaty Dabo.

Chelsea ran out 3-2 winners on the day with two stunning goals from striker Batshuayi and an equally impressive late winner from Marko van Ginkel.

However, it was football fans on Twitter who enjoyed this game the most, with many using it to take pot shots at Arsenal.

Long way back

With the exception of Batshuayi, who was always going to be a backup option to Diego Costa, the other 'veterans' in the U23 squad will have their work cut out for them if they are hoping to claw their way back into Antonio Conte's plans.

The senior side continued their quest for the Premier League title by recording a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough on Sunday.

And with the new year fast approaching, a number of the players will be wondering if they have futures at Stamford Bridge and may look to move on if given the opportunity.

But for the time being, enjoy the reaction to their presence in the development squad below...

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