The French manager has not got the better of Jose Mourinho in 12 clashes between the pair.
The Gunners still have an outside chance of catching the table-topping Blues, but a personal battle between the respective managers will also be a factor in the clash.
Arsene Wenger’s side has not beaten Chelsea under Jose Mourinho in 12 clashes, with the hosts hoping it will be lucky number 13 today.
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has admitted that the North London club’s players are eager to win the clash this afternoon to end Wenger’s poor record against the outspoken Portuguese trainer.
“It’s true that Jose Mourinho likes the psychological game but that works just for a time, because it is on the pitch where things happen,” The Daily Mail quote the France international as saying.
“It’s been complicated for the boss and I hope, just for once, he will win against Mourinho. It’s up to us to produce our game, which is to be strong with our high pressing on the pitch.”
Arsenal are ten points behind the pacesetters with five games remaining, with the Emirates Stadium outfit needing a minor miracle to leapfrog Mourinho’s men.
The Gunners have been the form team in English football in the second half of the season, with a winning run firing the club into second place.
Arsenal fans will hope that their recent run of wins over fellow top-four contenders continues against Chelsea and will mark a more consistent period of success for Wenger’s men.