It is Arsenal against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day in the Premier League fixture.
The Boxing Day London derby would be crucial for both sides. The Blues would be looking to heat up the top 4 race whereas the Gunners would be looking for their first league win in 7 matches.
Frank Lampard’s side are currently sitting at 5th place whereas Arsenal are struggling at 15th place in the Premier League standings.
Arsenal vs Chelsea Preview:
Olivier Giroud would be excited in facing his former side whereas similar excitement comes for Willian and David Luiz.
Willian left Chelsea last season and was a key player for the Gunners in their first few matches. However, Mikel Arteta is fielding more youngsters in his Arsenal team.
Till date, Arsenal had won 77 whereas 65 matches have been won by Chelsea when these two sides met. 59 matches resulted in a draw.
The last time these two teams met was in a FA Cup final on 1st August 2020. The Gunners emerged as 2-1 winners after Aubameyang’s double.
Arsenal form : L L D L W
Chelsea form : W L L D W
Arsenal vs Chelsea Team News:
Arsenal have some injury issues with some of them hoping to return after injury assessment.
Granit Xhaka has come back from suspension and will be available for this London derby. Thomas Partey has joined in the training however, it’s uncertain whether he’ll play or not.
Skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also injured. It’s highly unlikely that he’ll be in the starting 11.
However, Chelsea also have some injured players such as Hakim Ziyech, Reece James, and Ben Chilwell.
Emerson Palmieri might once again take place of Chilwell.
Arsenal might start with a preferred 3-4-3 formation.
Willian and David Luiz have a slight chance to play against their former club. If they play, it would be an entertaining encounter. However, Mikel Arteta prefers youngsters over veteran players nowadays.
Chelsea might opt starting with a 4-3-3 formation. Olivier Giroud might be included in the starting 11.
The London derby might end as a win for the Blues considering form of both teams this season.
The score would be Arsenal 0 – 1 Chelsea.
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