Arsenal host London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday in one of the games of the day in the Premier League.
Arsenal’s form has improved in recent weeks after an unconvincing start to their Premier League campaign. The Gunners have now won their last three top-flight games and four of their last five games in all competitions.
Last time out Arsene Wenger’s side recorded a comfortable 4-0 win over Championship Nottingham Forest, with new signing Lucas Perez the star of the show for the north London team, grabbing a brace an assist.
The Gunners last Premier League game saw them win 4-1 at Hull City, with Alexis Sanchez scoring twice, while Theo Walcott and Granit Xhaka also got on the scoresheet. The win means that Arsenal currently fourth in the table, five points behind league leaders Manchester City.
Arsene Wenger’s side does not have a great record against Chelsea, as the side from north London have recorded just one win in their last 11 meetings with the Blues. They will see this game as an opportunity to improve that poor record.
Chelsea started the campaign with three consecutive wins in the Premier League but have since drawn with Swansea and suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool last time out in the top-flight.
The latest run of unconvincing form was halted in the EFL Cup last time out in midweek, though, as the Blues went to champions Leicester and won 4-2 in extra-time courtesy of a brace from former-Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
The win will have lifted spirits again in the Blues camp following those disappointing results in the top-flight. Chelsea will be aware of their decent record against Arsene Wenger’s side in recent years and will be confident of continuing that run in this fixture.
The Gunners are still without centre-back Per Mertesacker, central midfielder Aaron Ramsey and striker Danny Welbeck through injury, while French striker Olivier Giroud remains a doubt.
Brazilian centre-back Gabriel made his comeback from injury at Forest in midweek but is likely to start this one on the substitute’s bench. Lucas Perez will be hoping for a start up front following his brace against Forest in midweek, but Alexis Sanchez looks like to continue up front.
Chelsea only really have fitness doubts over centre-back duo John Terry and Kurt Zouma. Former-Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas will be eying a return to the starting line-up following his midweek brace at Leicester.
Arsenal heads into this game as favourites for the win at odds of 7/5, while Chelsea are odds of 21/10 and the draw is odds of 5/2.
Arsenal will be highly confident of ending that poor recent record against the Blues, but the visitors will also be determined to kick-start their league campaign following their recent blip in the top-flight.
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