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Sunday, 5 October 2014

ARSENAL FACE HUGE TEST AGAINST CHELSEA!





TEAM NEWS

Striker Diego Costa will start for Chelsea. Didier Drogba (ankle), who has scored 13 goals in 14 games against Arsenal, finishing on the losing side once in that time, is out. Midfielder Ramires (groin) is also absent once more as Chelsea play a third game in nine days.

Arsenal could have defender Nacho Monreal (back) available. Midfielders Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Mikel Arteta (calf) remain sidelined, while Abou Diaby is again likely to be rested following a hip problem. Wingers Theo Walcott (knee) and Serge Gnabry (knee) are both in line to return after the international break, along with striker Yaya Sanogo (hamstring). Full-back Mathieu Debuchy (ankle) and France forward Olivier Giroud (fractured foot) are long-term absentees.

MANAGER QUOTES

Jose Mourinho (Chelsea): "We manage two big clubs in London. We have a responsibility not to win, but to give a good match for the millions of fans both clubs have, and the billions of fans of the Premier League around the world, to have a big match with no problems.”

Arsene Wenger (Arsenal): "We want to go to Chelsea to win and of course they are six points ahead of us makes our desire even bigger. They have started very well but we have a big opportunity. We are two unbeaten teams in the Premier League. They have been more efficient in finishing their games off than we have been. We have had a bit more of a difficult run until now than they had because we played Everton, Manchester City and Tottenham in our games but it is a vital game for us to stay in the race of course.”

MATCH BUZZ

MATCH FACTS

Didier Drogba has scored 15 goals in 15 appearances against Arsenal in all competitions (including Emirates Cup).

Arsenal have lost just one of their last 14 Barclays Premier League games since defeat at Stamford Bridge in March.

The last time these two sides met was Arsene Wenger’s 1000th competitive game in charge of Arsenal and turned out to be his heaviest defeat (0-6).

Jose Mourinho has never lost as an opposition coach against Arsene Wenger in any competition (W6 D5 L0).

Arsenal have won away at Stamford Bridge more often than any other visiting side in the Barclays Premier League (7).

The last five Premier League wins Arsenal have enjoyed at Stamford Bridge have all seen the Gunners come from behind to win.

Arsenal have won none of their last 14 Premier League meetings against Chelsea, Man Utd or Man City (W0 D7 L7).

Former Gunner Cesc Fabregas leads the league with six goal assists and has 76 overall ranking him seventh in the all-time Premier League list.

Arsenal and Chelsea have both recovered six points from losing positions this season, the joint-most in the Premier League.

Chelsea have scored with 26% of their shots this season, the best chance conversion in the Premier League.

Arsenal have conceded 199 goals in Premier League London derbies while Chelsea have conceded 198.

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