Arsenal are set to host Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in yet another Premier League fixture this coming Sunday. As the Guus Hiddink side look set for their trip to north London, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger words have been trending for the last 48 hours.
The Quote from Wenger: “When you see the players battling for each other you want them to be rewarded. It creates a support behind the team that is essential to their success. When you play an important game like on Sunday, it will be vital.”
After a bruising set of away fixtures, Sunday’s fixture at the Emirates Stadium may be a relief for the Gunners with successive draws at Liverpool and Stoke City marking the toughest away days in the calendar for Arsene Wenger.
Meanwhile, Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink has challenged his players to improve their defensive efforts ahead of Sunday’s fixture as they aim to maintain their dominant record against Arsenal.
“It’s not just a matter of the four defenders, nowadays; if you don’t defend well starting up front then you are caught,” Hiddink said on Friday.
“In the early days you can’t be so easily outplayed tactically.
“It might be a little bit different than in the past but I’m convinced the team will give its utmost to get the result. When you start you want to have results immediately. We want full results, it’s difficult to have continuously the winning mood. We have to perform now.”
Chelsea remain unbeaten in the Premier League since their 2-1 defeat in the hands Leicester City in December, but they have conceded five goals in consecutive draw with Everton and West Bromwich Albion.
Speaking about the Sunday’s fixture at the Emirate Stadium; Hiddink said: “Not at this moment, not in this league. Arsenal are doing very well and making a good battle for first position. And Chelsea are way down under at this moment. Reality.”
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.
“We play at the Emirates and know how important it will be to win this game.”
Both clubs have received major boosts, with Arsenal confirming that Mesut Ozil could make a comeback from foot injury, while Alexis Sanchez could be available for the clash after he resumed training from a hamstring problem.
New signing Mohamed Elneny may also make his debut with the game coming too soon for Francis Coquelin, Santi Carzola, Tomas Rosisky, Jack Wishere, and Danny Welbeck.
For Chelsea, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard are both fit for return.
Possible line ups:
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Bellerin, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Campbell, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois, Terry, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Fabregas, Mikel, Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Costa.
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