Arsenal will face another big test of their title mettle on Sunday, as they welcome reigning champions Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners were held to a 0-0 draw by Stoke City in their last Premier League outing, allowing Manchester City to make up key ground in the title race. Manager Arsene Wenger will be hopeful to get back to winning ways against their local rivals here and this is the XI he’s named for the clash with the Blues:
Chelsea rescued a late, late point against Everton in their last match, which should give them some momentum heading into this contest. A trip to the Emirates Stadium is one of the biggest challenges that can face a side in the Premier League at the moment and will be an indication of the progress made by the team under Guus Hiddink. Here’s his starting XI:
Chelsea team today: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Diego Costa. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 24, 2016
These matches are typically feisty affairs and ones in which Chelsea have typically had the edge in recent years. Arsenal lost to the Blues 2-0 earlier in the campaign in an ill-tempered affair, and while we should expect sparks to fly between these two sets of players again, it’s imperative the Gunners keep their cool in a critical match in their quest for Premier League glory.