With one of the season's biggest games due on Sunday, it is likely Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil and Chelsea's former Gunners hero Cesc Fabregas will get the chance to win the hearts of their sides as the two teams face up against each other at Stamford Bridge.
In the 2013-14 campaign Chelsea put the Gunners to the sword with a huge 6-0 hammering, and Wenger has said ahead of Sunday's match that that mauling will stay with his side forever, so it will be interesting to see how the two side's perform in the derby, especially given that the Blues and Arsenal are the only sides yet to lose in the Premier League.
Key to each side's performance are likely to be high-profile duo Cesc Fabregas and Mesut Ozil, with the former Barcelona man's return against his old club Arsenal sure to take up plenty of headlines before and after the match.
Below we look at the two player's performances so far this season, and predict how they may damage their opponents on Sunday:
|Team||Pos||Accurate Pass||Passing Accuracy %||Goals||Total Scoring Att||Apps||Mins|
Chelsea's recent acquisition has immediately settled on his return to the Premier League, and shines both when it comes to accurate passes and passing accuracy. No player has a higher number of successful passes than the former Arsenal captain, and his 90% plus accuracy makes him one of the most successful midfielders too. Ozil is no slouch in this area, with his own strong percentages even though he has completed nearly 150 fewer passes.
One thing Fabregas will be seeking to remedy in the near future is converting his chances, having flourished in this capacity in his last few seasons. The 27-year-old has failed to score from 9 attempts, while Ozil has netted once from his 7 efforts.
|Team||Pos||Goal Assist||Total Att Assist||Touches||Apps||Mins|
Fabregas has immediately slotted into this Chelsea side as the lynchpin, seemingly replacing former Blues star Frank Lampard with ease. It would be easy to say the ex Barca man hasn't been called upon to score goals for his side, given Diego Costa's regular game time and outstanding goalscoring record. Fabregas has the highest assists and attempted assists in the division, and is second only to Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey in touches, with the Welshman missing out through injury on Sunday. In comparison, Ozil is someway short of his fellow midfielder.
Fabregas to Costa on Sunday will undoubtedly be the problem area for the Arsenal defence and midfield, while Ozil's developing relationship with the Gunners' lightning quick summer signings Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck could be key for the visitors.