Arsenal looking to banish last season’s Chelsea demons

Probable Lineups…

Arsenal ChelseaChelsea (4-5-1): Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Costa

Despite playing 90 minutes against Sporting Lisbon in midweek, injury-prone striker Diego Costa is set to lead the line when Chelsea face the Gunners at Stamford Bridge this weekend. Jose Mourinho and his men currently lead the Premier League with 16 points out of the possible 18 and look favourites for the league title at the moment. The Blues have no major injury concerns and are set to roll out their strongest team, with Cesar Azpilicueta returning to slot in at left back in place of Filipe Luis who played in the midweek fixture. Cesc Fabregas will be facing his old club for the first time since he departed to Barcelona back in the summer of 2011.

Arsenal (4-5-1): Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck

The Gunners have just come out of a 4-1 win over Galatasaray in midweek and will be full of confidence heading to Stamford Bridge to face the league leaders. Danny Welbeck scored a hat-trick against the Turkish outfit and will be expected to trouble the Blues back-line that has already shipped in seven goals despite their top-of-the-table position. Arsene Wenger will however be without several key players including captain Mikel Arteta, midfield goalscorer Aaron Ramsey, right-back Mathieu Debuchy, and long-term absence Olivier Giroud. Arsenal are in fourth, six points behind Chelsea and will need a victory to have any chance of catching up with Mourinho’s men.

What the fans are saying…

Remember this?

There was a time when Cesc Fabregas was playing in the colours of Arsenal, even getting into a heated fight with none other than Chelsea legend Frank Lampard!