Arsenal welcomed back the deadly duo of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, as they look to mount a serious title bid against a wounded Chelsea side.
Arsene Wenger’s record against Chelsea is poor, with not having beaten their north London rivals in their last eight appearances since 2011. Wenger always found it difficult with Mourinho in Chelsea’s dressing room, but with Guus Hiddink in the dugout, things look different.
Thierry Henry, speaking to Sky Sports says that Arsenal do not have a better chance of making an intent in the title race than this.
Arsenal are unbeaten in nine premier league games at the Emirates stadium and they will be looking to push for three points after disappointing draws against Stoke and Liverpool.
Speaking to BBC before the game, Arsene Wenger said:
“Even if Chelsea are not in the best position, look at their squad. It’s a big game because of the quality of the players on the pitch.”
Chelsea on the other hand, have been on their longest unbeaten run since the start to their terrible season. They welcome Eden Hazard back into the dressing room who is returning after a groin injury. Diego Costa, who suffered a bruised chin in the last game against Everton, is also expected to make the starting 11.
Guus Hiddink, who spoke to the press before the game was quoted by the BBC as saying:
“We play at the Emirates and know how important it will be to win this game.”
“Arsenal are doing very well and making a good battle for first position. And Chelsea are way down under at this moment. Reality.”
If Chelsea are unable to win this game, they will set a new record for fewest points by a reigning champion after 23 Premier League matches. Last season, Chelsea were 27 points better off than now.
Guss Hiddink’s Chelsea have inflicted Arsenal’s heaviest defeat at the Emirates when he won 4-1 in May 2009.
Arsenal vs Chelsea, English Premier League
Date: Sunday, 24 January 2016
Time: 16:00 GMT
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Live Stream: Live Soccer TV