Arsenal take on rivals Chelsea in a crucial Premier League encounter on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners are currently at he top of the league table with 44 points from 22 matches. Defending champions Chelsea, on the other hand, are placed in the bottom half of the league table at the 14th position.
After a dismal start to their season, the Blues recovered well in the last one month under new manager Guus Hiddink. Hiddink’s Chelsea is yet to be beaten. Chelsea have improved a lot and would surely impose a big threat on the table toppers.
Arsenal so far have had a terrific season as they are favorites at the moment to lift the coveted trophy at the end of the season. But the Gunners have to be cautious as the season is slowly approaching its business end.
In his pre-match press conference before the Chelsea game, Arsene Wenger mentioned that both his star players Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are set to return this weekend.
Mesut Ozil, clearly the best midfielder in Premier League was left out of the starting lineup last weekend against Stoke due to a minor knock. Alexis Sanchez, on the other hand, is coming back after a month and a half long injury stint.
At the presser, Wenger said: “Mesut Ozil will be available. Alexis Sanchez should make it. Coquelin is ahead of schedule and Welbeck should be back in training soon.”
The manager spoke about Theo Walcott’s 10 years completion at the club and hailed Petr Cech for a heroic performance last weekend.
He opined: “He is well established in life. He has gone through fantastic periods. He has become an important player in our squad. He is responsible.”
“I consider Cech now as a real Arsenal player. He has adapted so well.”
Wenger hailed his team’s fighting spirit during the crisis period of several injury scares. He also showed utmost respect towards his rival manager Guus Hiddink.
He said: “I respect him. He has had an exceptional career. He is one of the leading managers.”
The French manager was questioned If Chelsea go down will it make them specialists in failure? to which he intelligently answered, “I see where you want to take me, but I’m not prepared to travel.”