Arsenal vs. Chelsea – PREVIEW

Arsenal vs. Chelsea – PREVIEW

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Guus Hiddink is looking for his side to bounce back from two consecutive draws as Chelsea take on Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday (16:00 GMT KO).

The Blues scrapped a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw last weekend, meaning both sides are now without a win in two games.

The Gunners currently sit top of the table on goal difference, having lost just four of their 22 games all season in the league.

Earlier this season at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea won a feisty encounter 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Kurt Zouma and an own goal from Calum Chambers, although Gabriel and Santi Carzola were both dismissed by referee Mike Dean. Chelsea striker Diego Costa was retrospectively banned after an incident involving Laurent Koscielny.

 

Last six games:

Arsenal: LWWWDD (includes one FA Cup game).

Chelsea: DDWWDD (includes one FA Cup game).

 

Team News:

– Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are both fit to play.

– However, Francis Coquelin is still out.

– Eden Hazard may feature following his return to training after a groin injury.

– Diego Costa is expected to be fit despite suffering a bruised shin against Everton.

 

Statistics:

– Chelsea are unbeaten in eight league meetings since Arsenal won 5-3 in October 2011 (W5, D3).

– Three out of the last four PL meetings have ended as 0-0 draws.

– Arsene Wenger’s side are unbeaten at home in the last nine games.

– Mesut Ozil has grabbed a league-high 16 assists this season – but has failed to score or assist in seven games against Chelsea.

– Guus Hiddink’s side are on the longest current unbeaten run in the Premier League (W2, D4).

– However, if Chelsea fail to win they will set a new record for fewest points by a reigning champion after 23 Premier League matches.

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Arsenal (away vs. Stoke, drew 0-0): Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Campbell, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Giroud.

Chelsea (home vs. Everton, drew 3-3): Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Willian, Mikel, Fabregas, Pedro, Costa.