Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Rosicky, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud
Subs: Fabianski, Monreal, Jenkinson, Flamini, Cazorla, Bendtner, Podolski
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Willian, Hazard, Torres
Subs: Schwarzer, David Luiz, Cole, Oscar, Mata, Schurrle, Eto'o
It’s a huge match for both sides with plenty on the line as the Gunners look to go back to the top of the Premier League while Chelsea are aiming to go joint top with Liverpool.
Arsenal should be very confident because they have the joint highest number of wins in the league this season and only Everton have a better defensive record from games played so far.
All of the buzz leading up to this game centred around the likely inclusion of Arsenal’s German wide man and striker Lukas Podolski, who has missed a large chunk of the current campaign with a hamstring problem.
Chelsea’s record in terms of goals for and against this season is not too dissimilar to Arsenal’s; they have conceded one goal more and have scored just one goal less than the Gunners.
Jose Mourinho has a very good record in games against Arsene Wenger and Chelsea have proven a very difficult side to play against this season. The area to keep an eye on for the Blues is left-back with Cesar Azpilicueta likely to start with Ashley Cole benched for going to the Arsenal Christmas party.
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