TEAM NEWS, MATCH PREVIEW: Arsenal Vs Chelsea

Venue

The Emirates

Timings

2000 GMT (0100 PST and 0130 IST)

Date

December 23, 2013 (December 24, 2013 for Pakistani and Indian viewers)

Team News

Arsenal:

The Gunners will be without Laurent Koscielny who remains injured due to a knee injury.

Also, Jack Wilshere will not play against Chelsea as he remains suspended because he made a very offensive and abusive hand gesture towards the City fans during Arsenal’s 6-3 defeat at the Etihad.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Yaya Sanogo remain out due to injuries.

Santi Cazorla will be back at his position in the squad.

Chelsea:

Ivanovic will be back at his right-back spot after facing a one-match suspension against Sunderland.

John Obi Mikel and Frank Lampard both were played a fair share of minutes and could be used in this important clash.

Michael Essien will be absent from the match due to suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card from just six appearances.

Past Meetings

The last meeting at the Emirates ended as a 2-0 victory for the Blues while the previous one was a 2-1 victory for the Blues as well. However, the Gunners will be doing everything in their power to win this one.

Final word

Mourinho’s winning streak against Arsenal is still maintained and the Gunners will have to do everything in their power to win this one so that they can keep their current form and their top-of-the-table position intact. A defeat here could affect Arsenal’s position and morale greatly and Wenger does not really want that. However, what it will be, the match will be an interesting encounter.

 

 

Written by Rida Mehtab (@RidaaMehtaab on Twitter)