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Arsenal v Chelsea Premier League Preview

Posted on January 02, 2018 by David Nugent

On Wednesday night, Arsenal host London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, as the home side attempt to make up ground on the top-four.

A disappointing display and result at West Brom in a 1-1 draw saw the Gunners fall six points behind fourth-place Liverpool in the race for the Champions League spots.

A run of just two wins in their last seven Premier League outings has hampered Arsene Wenger’s side’s top-four challenge. Four draws in their last six top-flight outings has also stopped the Gunners making up ground on the top-four.

Arsenal’s home record in the Premier League is still respectable in recent months, as the Gunners have won 13 of their last 15 top-flight games at the Emirates Stadium.

The home side have also scored two or more goals in 14 of their last 17 home games in the Premier League.

The Gunners have a poor recent record against Chelsea, winning just two of the last 14 competitive meetings with the Blues. However, both of those wins have been in the last four meetings, of which Chelsea have won just once.

Chelsea arrive in north London on a good run of form. The Blues have won four of their last five Premier League games, while also keeping clean sheets in their last four league outings.

Chelsea’s recent Premier League outings have been low scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in five of their last eight league outings.

Antonio Conte’s side have a mixed recent away record in the Premier League, winning two, drawing two and losing one of their last five games on their travels.

Chelsea have lost just once on their last seven visits to the Emirates Stadium, so will be confident of recording a positive result on Wednesday night.

Team News

Arsenal are without Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey, while wing-back Sead Kolasinac, Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil are all still fitness doubts.

Chelsea are without centre-back David Luiz and youngster Charley Musonda. Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard should start after being rested last time out. Centre-back Andreas Christensen will return to the starting line-up after injury.

Betting News

Chelsea head into this clash as favourites for the victory at odds of 31/20, Arsenal are odds of 15/8 and the draw is odds of 5/2.

This game is a major test of Arsenal’s players after a poor display against a poor West Brom side on New Year’s Eve. Whether the Gunners pass the test only time will tell.

Will Arsenal get the better of Chelsea?

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