Previewing the big clash, Le Saux said that Arsenal are no longer a team which can be easily bullied and on the flip side believes that Arsene Wenger’s men have the capabilities to dominate on Sunday.
“For Arsenal, their pace could terrify Chelsea,” Le Saux explained to the London Evening Standard. “Ivanovic will be a right-back and Azpilicueta at left-back, and he is quick but against the pace of Arsenal on those wide areas, they can terrify Chelsea from the full-back positions as there'll be no protection for them.”
"Arsenal can dominate, which they haven't been able to do in the last couple of years."
Arsenal head into the clash at the top of the Premier League on goal difference ahead of Leicester City, whereas Chelsea are vastly underperforming and sit in the lower reaches of the table.
However, Arsene Wenger’s side are a different proposition nowadays, and they’ve managed to strike a good balance between attacking play and defending superbly off the ball.
Wins over Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Chelsea over the past 12 months have illustrated their improvement tactically and mentality in the so-called big games.
The pace of Theo Walcott, Joel Campbell and Hector Bellerin from wide areas can hurt Guus Hiddink’s side and the visitors could be vulnerable to counterattacks should Arsenal get their noses in-front.
The first goal will be key, as it will most likely set the tone for what promises to be a tactical battle.