As Chelsea look to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Everton, we preview their game against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (12:45 GMT KO).
The Blues will want to get their thus-far disastrous season back on track in the heavyweight London clash, having gained just four points out of the first five games – they sit one place above the relegation zone.
The Gunners however will be no pushover, having lost only one of their Premier League games this season and also having beaten Chelsea in the Community Shield Final at the start of August.
Last six games*:
*The last game for both teams was the first game of the Champions League Group Stage.
– Willian is out after picking up a hamstring strain in midweek.
– Radamel Falcao and Oscar are doubts with knee complaints.
– Pedro is also a possible doubt with a thigh strain.
– Petr Cech is expected to return to the Arsenal side after being rested in the 2-1 Champions League defeat to Dynamo Zagreb on Wednesday night.
– Per Mertesacker could return after missing the last four games due to a virus.
– Chelsea have made their worst start to a season in 20 years.
– Arsene Wenger has only won one of 14 meetings with Jose Mourinho (D6 L7) – that came earlier this year in the Community Shield Final.
– The Blues are unbeaten in seven league meetings with Arsenal.
– Mourinho has never lost three consecutive league games as Chelsea manager – the club hasn’t done it since 1999.
– It’s their worst start to a season since 1986 – they had three points after five games that year.
– The Gunners have won seven and drawn one of their last eight Premier League away matches.
– Petr Cech only needs four more Premier League clean sheets to equal the competition record of 169.
– Theo Walcott has scored 11 goals in his last 11 starts in the Premier League.
Starting XI last time out (Premier League):
Chelsea (away vs. Everton, lost 3-1): Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Mikel; Fabregas; Pedro, Hazard; Diego Costa.
Arsenal (home vs. Stoke, won 2-0): Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Cazorla, Coquelin; Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez; Walcott.