Arsenal v Chelsea - All the build-up in quotes

Read all the build-up to tonight's clash as Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho, Fernando Torres and more have their say ahead of Arsenal versus Chelsea.

Every big Premier League clash has received its fair share of hype over the years - and Arsenal's showdown with Chelsea tonight is no different.

Ahead of the clash, which could see the Gunners return to top of the table or Chelsea go joint-top with Liverpool, plenty has been said in the press by the managers and players of either side, with plenty of topics addressed.

If you feel overwhelmed by it all, fear not, here is a simple run-down of all the main quotes in the build-up to the game. You know, in case you weren't already looking forward to one of the biggest matches of the year...

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho discusses his record against Arsene Wenger

"It's not me against Wenger," Mourinho told reporters.

"It's my Chelsea against his Arsenal. And that [the head-to-head record] doesn't play Monday. It has no influence. That stat, for the game of Monday, means nothing."

Arsenal boss Wenger on Mourinho's decision to drop former Gunner Ashley Cole

"Yes, it is a surprise to me that Ashley has been left out by Chelsea," Wenger is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

"I still see Ashley sometimes in big games; he can produce great performances still. I don't know whether he is still England's best left-back. My name is not Roy Hodgson."

Mourinho on Arsenal's club-record signing Mesut Ozil

"Mesut is a phenomenal player, one of these players that you buy to complete the puzzle of your team," Mourinho is quoted as saying by The Guardian.

"You don't need time with him, you need nothing. The player just arrives. His quality and his maturity and his leadership ... you put him in and you know automatically your team becomes better."

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres on his side's game-plan against the Gunners

"We know how important it is for us. It's a chance to overtake them in the table and we know how important that is for the fans," Torres told the club's official website.

"We're playing Arsenal, and it's a huge game for both sets of fans. We've beaten them once this season at the Emirates, so we know what we need to do to win there.

"We just have to ensure we prepare for the game the best we can - and I'm sure we can go and do it."

Torres' fellow striker Demba Ba on his chances of moving to Arsenal from Chelsea 

"People talk a lot about me joining Arsenal. But there has never been an approach from them," Ba told The Sun on Sunday.

"There is nothing going on in this regard. Things are OK for me at the moment.

"It's working, as the situation is turning around for me here bit by bit. You just need a bit of time to adapt when you change clubs."

And the last word goes to... Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey

"Meanwhile, for such a busy time of year, it feels like ages since we've played. Let's make it noisy tomorrow night!! #AFC" he tweeted on Sunday.

So who won the mind-games - and who will come out on top at the final whistle?

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