The big game at the Emirates Stadium sees second placed Arsenal take on fifth placed Chelsea in a London derby that will be fiercely contested from the first whistle to the last. The Gunners need to bounce back from their embarrassing 6-3 defeat at the hands of Manchester City, as successive defeats to title rivals will only serve to justify the tag of 'flat track bullies' that Arsenal have been given of late.
And having already lost to Chelsea at home this season - in the Capital One Cup - Jose Mourinho's side are buoyant ahead of the challenge that awaits them in North London tonight. Spaniards Fernando Torres and Juan Mata have both alluded to the fact that they have already beaten Arsene Wenger's side this season, and hope to repeat the trick this evening.
“We’re playing Arsenal, and it’s a huge game for both sets of fans. We’ve beaten them once this season in the Capital One Cup at the Emirates, so we know what we need to do to win there.” said striker Torres, who is hoping to fire the Blues above Arsenal with a win tonight. “We just have to ensure we prepare for the game the best we can, and I’m sure we can go and do it.”
Mata concurred with his compatriot's sentiments, saying; “They are playing really well at the Emirates, but we won there in the Capital One Cup this season. We’ll try to play great football like we did that game and we’ll try to get the three points to get to the top of the table. It’s a team I enjoy playing against. They are a team that play with the ball and in a way they let you play with the ball as well.”
Former Valencia man Mata has had some success against Chelsea since arriving in the Premier League in 2011, and the 25 year old is hopeful of continuing his great form against the Gunners. “I’ve been lucky against them. I scored at Stamford Bridge twice in two games, I scored at the Emirates twice. In the midfield they have a lot of players that can play with quality. We will have to be careful with them.”
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