Jose Mourinho dropped John Terry for 'tactical reasons' ahead victory over Arsenal

Kurt Zouma, playing ahead of the captain, scored Chelsea's opener

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John Terry was left on the Chelsea bench for tactical reasons, according to manager Jose Mourinho.

Speaking to BT Sport in his pre-match interview ahead of the lunchtime kick-off against Arsenal, the Portuguese coach confirmed that his club captain's absence was not enforced.

"John is what you like to call a technical or a tactical decision," he said.

"I have three central defenders, I trust them the same.

 

"But I try to read the game, I try to read the opponent, I try to predict what the opponent can be and we decided to go with Zouma and Gary."

Terry has not played since last weekend's 3-1 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park, having missed the 4-0 victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv on Wednesday.

Mourinho has preferred Zouma ahead of Terry in the Premier League before this season, bringing the French youngster on for his captain at half-time against Manchester City.

Zouma, the club's fastest defender, scored the opening goal as Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners over their London rivals.

Arsenal's resolve collapsed after Gabriel was sent off for his part in a tangle with Diego Costa. Santi Carzorla also saw red late on before Eden Hazard doubled Chelsea's lead and sealed the points.

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