The Premier League leaders lost 1-0 at Aston Villa last weekend in a disappointing blow that blows the title race wide open – whilst Jose Mourinho’s side remain top of the table, four points clear of Liverpool and Arsenal, Manchester City are six points behind with three games in hand still to play.
The boss and his team were evidently disappointed with the result at Villa Park which makes their visit from the Gunners a potential title-decider in front of the home fans where they remain unbeaten in the league under the Portuguese coach.
However, their top scorer believes the clash with the North Londoners is the ideal fixture to bounce back from last weekend following their 2-0 win against Galatasaray in midweek which sees them progress through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
"The game against Arsenal comes at an important moment because it follows a league defeat,” explained the Belgian.
"We are going to do our best in front of our own supporters in what is a big derby game. There is no better one to win."
Arsenal travel to the Bridge this weekend with the best away record in the league, off the back of their 1-0 win over Tottenham in the North London derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday. But the hosts this weekend have not lost a single game at Stamford Bridge this term, and had been building a run of 14 games unbeaten home and away prior to last weekend’s slip up against the Villans.
That 14-game unbeaten run included their 0-0 draw at the Emirates back in December last year. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has never recorded a win against Jose Mourinho in any competition against any of his teams as he heads into his 1000th game in charge of the Gunners.
The pressure will be on both managers who share no love lost between them. They have both been openly critical of each other this term since Mourinho returned to Chelsea, but the Blues boss will watch the game from the stands serving his FA suspension for his comments over the referee last weekend.