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Chelsea boss Sarri admits Kovacic could see Arsenal action

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says Mateo Kovacic could make his debut against Arsenal on Saturday.

The Croatia international is spending the 2018-19 campaign on loan at Chelsea after he expressed a desire to leave Real Madrid because of a lack of game time last term.

And Sarri hinted he is ready to give Kovacic his first outing as a Chelsea player on Saturday when the Blues host their London rivals Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri said: "I think Mateo will be very useful for us. He's a very technical player.

"In this moment, he has to work. I think he's not ready now for 90 minutes, but maybe, tomorrow, for the first 30 or the last 30 minutes he could be used.

"I expect a lot from him because, for me, he's a very great player. In my opinion, he can improve more."

Kovacic has been earmarked to play on the left of Sarri's three-man midfield, but the Chelsea coach believes the 24-year-old can also play on the right and centrally.

"I think he can play in any of the three positions in midfield," Sarri said.

"He's a very good offensive player, but he has improved in the defensive phase in the last two years in Madrid."

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