–The Blues, Gunners set London on fire
Today’s Super Sunday clash is the first time Chelsea and Arsenal have faced off since the Blues’ 6-0 mauling of the Gunners back in March and Arsene Wenger will be desperate to restore pride in this London derby.
Matches between Arsenal and Chelsea have often been the battleground for a war of words between the two clubs’ feted managers, but Jose Mourinho has always had the last laugh so far. The Blues manager has never lost against Arsene Wenger in any competition, with six wins and five draws against Wenger’s side.
Both managers recently witnessed unusual performances from their respective sides in the Champions League. While Chelsea have been ruthless in front of goal with the best chance conversion rate in the Premier League, they were culpable of squandering a number of good chances when they recorded a 0-1 win against Sporting Lisbon.
Arsenal, on the other hand, were rampant against Galatasaray as they recorded a convincing 4-1 victory. Danny Welbeck who has frequently been criticised for his finishing was at the heart of that resounding victory with his hat-trick.
Arsenal will hope to build on that performance in their bid to trim the six-point advantage that Chelsea have over them.
. Didier Drogba has scored 15 goals in 15 appearances against Arsenal in all competitions (including Emirates Cup).
. Arsenal have lost just one of their last 14 Barclays Premier League games since defeat at Stamford Bridge in March.
. The last time these two sides met was Arsene Wenger’s 1000th competitive game in charge of Arsenal and turned out to be his heaviest defeat (0-6).
. Jose Mourinho has never lost as an opposition coach against Arsene Wenger in any competition (W6 D5 L0).
. Arsenal have won away at Stamford Bridge more often than any other visiting side in the Barclays Premier League (7).
. The last five Premier League wins Arsenal have enjoyed at Stamford Bridge have all seen the Gunners come from behind to win.
. Arsenal have won none of their last 14 Premier League meetings against Chelsea, Man Utd or Man City (W0 D7 L7).
. Former Gunner Cesc Fabregas leads the league with six goal assists and has 76 overall ranking him seventh in the all-time Premier League list.
. Arsenal and Chelsea have both recovered six points from losing positions this season, the joint-most in the Premier League.
. Chelsea have scored with 26% of their shots this season, the best chance conversion in the Premier League.
. Arsenal have conceded 199 goals in Premier League London derbies while Chelsea have conceded 198
. Fabregas will play his first game against Arsenal since leaving them.
. Didier Drogba (ankle) and Ramires (groin) will miss out for Chelsea.
. Diego Costa has been called up for international duty despite Mourinho’s insistence that the striker should limit his games because of his fitness problems.
. Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Mikel Arteta (calf) remain sidelined, while Abou Diaby is again likely to be rested following a hip problem.
. Wingers Theo Walcott (knee) and Serge Gnabry (knee) are both in line to return after the international break, along with striker Yaya Sanogo (hamstring).
. Mathieu Debuchy (ankle) and Olivier Giroud (fractured foot) are on Arsenal’s long-term injured list.