Freddie Ljungberg answers which Chelsea stars would get in Arsenal's team

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Heading into tomorrow's tantalising clash between Arsenal and Chelsea, there really isn't too much to separate the two sides.

Both clubs have garnered 10 points from their opening five games of the new Premier League season, and both squads are jam-packed with top level talent.

But, what if Arsenal were given the opportunity to sign any one of Chelsea's stars? Who would make it into the Gunners' starting XI? Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg was asked that very question recently and his answer is borderline ridiculous.

Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, or even John Terry to address Arsenal's defensive depth, there are plenty of Chelsea stars who Arsenal fans would secretly want to see wearing the famous red jersey.

However, speaking in the run-up to tomorrow's crunch fixture, Ljungberg clearly had his rose tinted glasses on as he boldly claimed that he wouldn't take any member of Antonio Conte's squad and put them into Wenger's starting lineup.

Now, while the current Stamford Bridge squad might not be the best put together in west London in recent years, that is a pretty bold claim to make.

However, when you consider Ljungberg spent nine years with Arsenal and still maintain strong links with the club as the coach of their under-16 side, it isn't wholly unexpected - especially with the London derby just over 24 hours away.

Coming at it from a less bias perspective, there are probably a couple of names Wenger would like to have on his team sheet that are currently plying their trade in the west end of the capital.

Although he has spent almost £50 million to add midfield steel (Granit Xhaka - £30 million) and a new goal threat (Lucas Perez - £17 million) in recent months, the Frenchman may well wish he could have N'Golo Kante and perhaps Costa in his line-up.

Both players have already shown their qualities in the early weeks of the new season and the Gunner will have to keep them quiet tomorrow if they are to secure their first league win over Chelsea since 2011.

We're pretty sure the Arsenal boss has probably sent a few envious glances towards Stamford Bridge over the past decade with regards to John Terry too. 

The veteran manager might not take the former England international at this late stage of his career. However, Terry has proven to be a force to be reckoned with when the teams have met over the past 10 or so years.

Even the most ardent Gooner would admit the 35-year-old centre-back is probably still a better option than Gabriel.

And then there is Cesc Fabregas. Having nurtured his talent through the ranks at Arsenal, you wouldn't be surprised if Wenger has thought about trying to tempt the Spaniard back as his own future at Chelsea remains in doubt.

Then again, Arsenal's own squad has more than enough talent that Conte would happily pick off if he could.

The likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin would more than likely find a place in Chelsea's team. That is what makes Saturday's clash so intriguing.

Freddie Ljungberg was speaking at the TAG Heuer Premier League Pressure Test. TAG Heuer is the first ever Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the Premier League

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