Emirates Stadium forms the backdrop for a Premier League London derby encounter as Arsenal bid to breathe life into their faint title hopes when they take on struggling neighbours Chelsea on Tuesday.
The Gunners have faltered in their last four games, including the most recent 4-1 humbling defeat to title rivals Manchester City at Etihad Stadium last week.
Arsenal have failed to win any of their last four games (D3, L1), but welcoming their struggling local rivals could prove the pick-me-up Mikel Arteta’s side needs with the campaign drawing to a close.
Chelsea have lost each of their last five games, including last Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat to Brentford at Stamford Bridge which leaves the club languishing in 12th position on the Premier League rankings.
The Blues have also failed to win any of their last eight games (D2, L6), and Frank Lampard has it all to do in preventing yet another slump, having failed to pick up any points in his interim reign thus far.
Arsenal may have fallen behind in the title race, but Arteta’s side will not give up without a fight. However, they need to return to winning ways sooner than later to stand any chance.
The Gunners have won four of their previous five league games against Chelsea (L1), including each of the last two and could make it three in a row for the first time since February 2004.
They could also complete the double over Chelsea for the second time in three campaigns, and their premium midweek form should spur them to another victory against the Blues (W4, D6).
Arteta’s first-ever defeat as Arsenal manager was against Chelsea in his first home game in charge, but he has won five of his subsequent seven meetings with the Blues in all competitions (D1, L1).
Having lost all his five games in charge, Lampard needs to whip up a winning formula sooner than later, with the club just nine points above the drop zone and on course for their worst-ever finish to a league season.
Chelsea won this exact fixture 2-0 last season, but the Emirates has not been a happy hunting ground for the Blues, who are looking for consecutive wins in north London for the first time since 2009.
They have lost 11 of their 26 league matches since Thomas Tuchel departed (W7, D8), as many as they lost in their 63 games under the German’s stewardship (W35, D17).
The west Londoners are currently on their worst losing run since 1993, but things could get worse as another defeat will see them lose 20 games in a top-flight campaign for the first time since 1988.
Premier League Form
Arsenal vs Chelsea Potential Line-ups
Arsenal (4-3-3): Aaron Ramsdale; Ben White, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Martin Odegaard; Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Jesus.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Trevoh Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Wesley Fofana, Ben Chilwell; Enzo Fernandez, N’Golo Kante, Conor Gallagher; Joao Felix, Kai Havertz, Raheem Sterling.
We Say: Arsenal 3-0 Chelsea
The confidence in the Chelsea dressing room is at an all-time low, and the Blues have only managed to score once in their last seven games.
They should be no match for an Arsenal side desperate for points to keep pace with the reigning champions at the Premier League summit.
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