Martin Keown: Why Arsenal players 'can't wait' to play against Chelsea

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Arsenal legend Martin Keown says the Gunners squad can't wait to face Chelsea this weekend.

Arsenal great Martin Keown has told Sky Sports that the current Gunners squad 'can't wait' to play against Chelsea this weekend.

The Gunners have been imperious of late, winning their last eight games in a row and making it to the FA Cup final again after a 2-1 win over Reading on Saturday.

Yet this weekend, it's back to league action for Arsene Wenger's men, with Chelsea visiting the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

It's a huge London derby, given that a win for Arsenal would take them just seven points adrift of the league leaders - and whilst that may seem insurmountable given how few games are remaining this season, the Gunners won't be giving up hope just yet.

One man familiar with playing in games of this magnitude is Arsenal legend Martin Keown, and he has told Sky Sports that the in-form Gunners can't wait to play Chelsea - despite their recent struggles against Jose Mourinho's men.

"Chelsea have been a bogey team for Arsenal and I can’t remember the last time that they beat them," said Keown. "They will be worthy champions because they have a good balance to their team and Eden Hazard has been the stand-out player in the league this season.

"There is a freshness about Arsenal and Chelsea will want to keep his foot on them because I feel they can be real challengers next season. There is much more belief among Arsenal this season, there is an internal competition and I think the Arsenal players can’t wait to take on Chelsea," he added.

The famous stat is that Arsenal boss Wenger has never beaten Chelsea manager Mourinho in 12 previous attempts - but given their recent sensational form, the Frenchman will be confident that he can end that barren run against 'The Special One' this weekend.

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