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Arsenal and Chelsea to play friendly in Dublin

Chelsea and Arsenal met five times in all competitions last season. Credit: PA

Arsenal and Chelsea will meet in a pre-season friendly at Dublin's Aviva Stadium, the Premier League rivals have announced.

A London derby will take place at the 51,700-seater stadium on August 1 as both sides continue preparations for the new season.

The teams are certainly no strangers to one another after meeting five times during the 2017/18 campaign.

The Gunners drew first-blood, following up their FA Cup final win over the Blues by beating them in a penalty shoot-out to lift the Community Shield in August.

Two Premier League draws followed before Arsenal got the better of Chelsea once again, winning their two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final thanks to a 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea also confirmed in the same announcement that they will take on Inter Milan in Nice and Lyon at Stamford Bridge in their other pre-season games.

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Chelsea halt Stamford Bridge redevelopment

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Chelsea have announced they have halted all design and planning work on their proposed redevelopment of Stamford Bridge.

A club statement read: "Chelsea Football Club announces today that it has put its new stadium project on hold. No further pre-construction design and planning work will occur.

"The club does not have a time frame set for reconsideration of its decision.

"The decision was made due to the current unfavourable investment climate."

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