Arsenal host reigning champions Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, as the Gunners look to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Chelsea may be enjoying a nightmare season, but they are certainly no pushovers. The Blues have some real big game players and no doubt they will be determined to prove a point at the Emirates in what would usually be a big game at the top of the table.
A very good opposition
Chelsea may be on their second boss of the season in Guus Hiddink, but the Blues still remain a stubborn opposition. I am sure they still know how and where to park the bus under Hiddink, even if Jose Mourinho is no longer managing the team.
Joking aside though, they still have a very good team and a lot of quality players who can punish Arsenal if they get complacent. They did not win the league title last season for no reason.
The likes of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have been improving in recent weeks, as both collected an assist and a goal in last weekend’s 3-3 draw with Everton at Stamford Bridge.
A big game
Despite the fact that Chelsea are struggling near the bottom of the table this is still a big game. An Arsenal win could send out a message to their title rivals that they mean business and that they are not mentally weak, something they have been accused of in the past.
The blues have suffered just one defeat under Hiddink and are still difficult to beat, despite their disappointing campaign so far. The Gunners are evens to defeat the reigning champions on Sunday and it is difficult to bet against Arsene Wenger’s side.
Star players to return
One of the keys to an Arsenal win in this crucial clash is the fact the Gunners may have star players Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez back fit after injury.
Ozil has been the most influential Arsenal player this season, but missed the Gunners last Premier League clash, while Sanchez has been out of action since the start of December and been missed.
The Gunners are without doubt a far bigger threat with the pair in the starting line-up. Chelsea will come to defend and attempt to hit the Gunners on the counter attack. The returning pair could be the key to breaking the Blues down.
Despite Chelsea’s lowly position, they will present the Gunners with a big test of Wenger’s team and hopefully the Gunners pass it with flying colours.
Will Chelsea be stubborn opposition for Arsenal?