However, despite the fact that the North London outfit will be hoping to keep themselves in the reckoning for top spot, there is another excellent reason for the hosts to want to win this fixture.
Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho have not seen eye-to-eye during their managerial tenures in England, but the Chelsea man has an excellent record against his Gunners equivalent.
In 12 meetings between the London rivals while the pair have been at the helm, Wenger has not won any of the clashes.
With Arsenal showing in the second half of this season that they have what it takes to be title contenders consistently next term, Wenger must now end this unwanted record and show the club’s fans that their is potential for a new dawn.
The Gunners have been much improved against the top teams this season, beating the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and United along the way.
Adding Chelsea’s name to the list of scalps would be a big statement of inter ion and show just how much Wenger’s men have improved.
With these London sides likely to be in the title running again next season, Wenger needs to end the Mourinho hoodoo for Arsenal to look at the new campaign with real optimism.