Ex-Gunner can do Arsenal HUGE favour against Chelsea

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Crystal Palace forward, much maligned by the supporters of his former employers, is in the midst of a hot streak…

On face value, the result from Chelsea's home tie against fellow Londoners Crystal Palace on Saturday, December 14 should be a foregone conclusion. It is, after all, a clash between the club placed third in the Premier League against one relegation-threatened; in 19th.

However, that potentially Championship-doomed club, that side who have lost ten to date, who have a negative goal differential of a dozen and have made 22 concessions from 15 match-days in the division, are actually fourth in the Premier League form table. Over the last six games, Palace have amassed a healthy ten points, the same haul collected by their weekend opponents - Chelsea.

Mile Jedinak, who has made more interceptions (50) than any other player in England's top flight this season, may be one of the Eagles credited with the club's resurgence of late but attention too must be paid to a former Gunner, Marouane Chamakh, who has been backed by boss Tony Pulis to carry on his hot-streak as his back-to-back goals, against West Ham United and Cardiff City, have been crucial in the club's banking of six points from six.

'If he keeps on scoring he'll be a massive asset to us,' said Pulis to Sky Sports. 'If he managed 10 goals from our next 20 games I would be well pleased. He understands what he has to do - so long as I don't speak too quickly.'

Can Chamakh, a figure of fun for supporters of his former club Arsenal, come good against Chelsea when he has never scored in three successive Premier League games at a time when Chelsea have managed to keep just one sheet clean in their past ten domestic matches?

Those fans that jeered him at the Emirates Stadium will be hoping he does as any more dropped points at Stamford Bridge can only bode well for Arsenal's title hopes, particularly when they have a daunting trip to Manchester City to navigate.

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