It is the clash of two of the biggest clubs in London, as Arsenal host Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. The Gunners will
try to extend their lead on top of the Premier League table as they face off against the Blues, who are currently in 14th place. Arsene Wenger’s
side have been good at home this season, though they have failed to win their last two matches in the league which have ended in draws. Further, in
the north London side are unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions and will look to build on that.
On the other hand, Guus Hiddink’s team will want to take back something from this match after their 3-3 draw against Everton. The west Londoners are also unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions and it will be expected to be a tough battle on the night.
Arsenal are still without six of their key players, though Mesut Ozil will be expected to make his return to the first team for this one, after missing out
in the game against Stoke last weekend. Apart from that, five stars who will not be making it to the starting lineup are Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean might feature on the bench and could possibly make an appearance in the game if needed.
For Chelsea, three players were recently out injured. Star striker Diego Costa and Eden Hazard were two of the players who might miss out on the game, though Hiddink hinted that the duo are fit for selection, though the final decision would now be his whether he wants to risk them or not in this important game. Radamel Falcao is out with a serious problem and will not be available. It will be interesting to see if the manager uses some of his youngsters or goes with his experienced stars all the way.
Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil, Campbell, Walcott; Giroud.
Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Mikel, Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Costa
Giroud vs Terry:
The Frenchman has been in good form in recent times and has scored some important goals for the Gunners. Manager Arsene Wenger would hope for more of the same from his number one striker, as the hosts will try to make use of the home advantage. Giroud will be up against the likes of John Terry and his team-mates, with the former England international assigned the duty to keep his ban quiet. It will not be an easy task for the Chelsea skipper, who will have to be strong and stick to his man to limit the space that he gets.
Ozil vs Matic:
Mesut Ozil has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season, if not the best. Wenger will hope that the German World Cup winning superstar will create some good chances for his side to score and take back all three points. However, it would seem that one of Chelsea’s last season heroes, Nemanja Matic, should be given the responsibility to keep him quiet. It will be interesting to see who wins this battle which could decide the fate of the game.
Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea
Arsenal – 11/10
Draw – 5/2
Chelsea – 14/5