Arsene Wenger expects a wounded Chelsea who have their tails up to come at his side firing on all cylinders.
Chelsea have only picked up two points from a possible six and anything short of a win won’t be good omen for them. It was therefore in order, when Wenger warned his Arsenal players to beware of Spanish striker, Diego Costa who gave them some scary times in a brush up with their Brazilian player, Gabriel and Coqueline.
Chelsea are buoyed up by the fact that the Gunners have failed to beat them in any of their past eight Premier League meetings since 2011.
Wenger’s men will tell you that, they aren’t going to be mere pushovers in that, they also drew against Liverpool and Stoke City and would need to pull a win over a big fish if they want to win the league.
But the question is, is Chelsea still a big fish in the EPL, staying above the relegation battle line with only four points above her contenders, Newcastle?
Arsenal manager Wenger won’t want to have anything to do with that as he said:
"Even if Chelsea are not in the best position, look at their squad. It's a big game because of the quality of the players on the pitch. "We play at the Emirates and know how important it will be to win this game."
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink is very much aware of the danger Arsenal pose and also won’t joke with them when he was asked in an interview whether there's a rivalry with Arsenal: "Not at this moment, not in this league. Arsenal are doing very well and making a good battle for first position. And Chelsea are way down under at this moment. Reality," he said.
So the battle lines are drawn; Chelsea have playmaker Eden Hazard returning from a groin injury and could be available having trained with the side. Influential Arsenal pair Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have been declared fit to play after overcoming respective hamstring and foot injuries.
Saturday EPL Fixtures
Norwich v Liverpool 12:45
Crystal Palace v Tottenham 15:00
Leicester v Stoke 15:00
Man Utd v Southampton 15:00
Sunderland v Bournemouth 15:00
Watford v Newcastle 15:00
West Brom v Aston Villa 15:00
West Ham v Man City 17:30
Sunday 24th January 2016
Everton v Swansea 13:30
Arsenal v Chelsea 16:00