Arsenal vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on December 23, 2013

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Arsenal entertain London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium tonight with both sides hoping to boost their title chances with a win.

The Gunners have led the way for much of the season but have slipped to third in the Premier League table after picking up just one point from their last two games and were thumped 6-3 by Manchester City last time out, so the north Londoners will be looking to get back on track this evening.

However, in order to do so Arsene Wenger will have to improve upon his terrible record against Jose Mourinho that’s seen him fail to get the better of the Portuguese coach in nine league meetings.

Mourinho has endured a mixed start to life back at Stamford Bridge since returning in the summer but a win for the Blues tonight would see them leapfrog the hosts and move level on points with Liverpool at the top of the table.

The two sides have already met once this season with Chelsea running out 2-0 winners in their Capital One Cup clash back in October.

Team News

Arsenal will have to make do without the services of Jack Wilshere after the midfielder picked up a two-game ban for making a rude gesture towards City fans last week.

Laurent Koscielny is expected to miss out after receiving a nasty cut to his knee at the Etihad Stadium so Thomas Vermaelen will continue alongside Per Mertesacker at the back, while Kieran Gibbs will return at left-back for Nacho Monreal.

Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini will fight it out for the two central midfield positions while Theo Walcott should retain his place after scoring a brace last weekend.

Lukas Podolski is available for the first time since August after recovering from a hamstring tear and the German will take his place among the substitutes.

Chelsea are expected to make several changes from the side that lost 2-1 to Sunderland in the League Cup on Tuesday.

Petr Cech, John Terry, Ramires, Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard are all expected to be recalled after being rested in midweek, while Fernando Torres should get the nod over Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba up front.

Mourinho will welcome back Branislav Ivanovic from a one-match ban meaning Cesar Azpilicueta will move to left-back with Ashley Cole dropping out. Gary Cahill could be selected ahead of David Luiz in the middle.

Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Theo Walcott: The speedster returned to the starting line-up with a bang last week, scoring two during the Gunners defeat to Man City. His pace is sure to cause Chelsea problems and Azpilicueta will have his work cut out in trying to keep the England man quiet.

Betting & Predicted Score

It’s well known that making Premier League betting tips is never easy due to the unpredictability of the league but this game is going to be particularly difficult due to the adverse weather conditions that could play a part in the outcome. Chelsea have had the better of this fixture in recent times but Arsenal have been consistent at home since the opening day of the season and should be considered the favourites tonight.

We can see the Gunners edging this one 2-1, and if you fancy spicing the bet up back Theo Walcott to score at any time. Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

What would be your preferred starting eleven and whats your predicted score? Share your views below.

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14 Comments

  1. Agina O Anthony

    December 23, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Arsenal can only win chelsea if the mildfeild, and most especially the defencive midfielders organise themself, maintain their possition and disallow the opponent of having their game. If this can be checked arsenal may come out victorious. Wenger should also use this match to prove a point against Morinho. Gunners 4ever.

  2. nduagu

    December 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    No matter hw the match will be chelsea will win arsenal

  3. Michael

    December 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I think chelsea boss need mikel in dis match,up blues

  4. Mohammed Algoni

    December 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I think is all about histoty Jose Mourinho is always have better record than his London rival Arsen wenger, and I have that believe at the end of the expected time the blues will smile awy with the three points,

  5. edison azari

    December 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Mourinho should use mikel in dis match if he is going to win…bt i believe we will overcome arsenal..up hazard.

  6. Olaitan b.l,

    December 23, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    The regular mess of wenger will ‘never’ stop . When was the last time wenger had a complete 1st eleven against serious(tradition) title contenders, remember the f**l who xchange jersey with RVP,calamity vermaelen too, jenkinson against everton and napoli and monreal against M city.Now we have panicking vermalen i hope wenger understand there more mediocres in his squad than even in epilepsy man utd. UP GUNNERS.

  7. musa ndakpotun

    December 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    it,s all depend on lucky

  8. Tolani

    December 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Hmmmm chelsea has got tough match ahead,but i no one tin 4 a fact dat if jose did d wright tin wit d a gud selection in d midfield,which include using juan mata and mikel den chelsea might defeat arsnal.up blues

  9. willz

    December 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    BIG game 4 chelsea, see u at d end of d clash up CHELSEA.

  10. Simeonee

    December 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    It’s going to be a tough match, if Mourinho plays mata, oscar, hazard, mikel, ramires, let lampard be on bench because he is old. I predict Arsenal 1 Chelsea 3

  11. Zayzay M. Wolobah

    December 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Arsenal will play but at the end of the game CHELSEA will win 3-1. Good luck Chelsea.

  12. ZEE BOY (MR.CHELSEA)

    December 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Chelsea will win Arsenal 3-1. Mourinho need to used this Team: cech,ivanovic,cesar,cahill,terry,mikel,hazard,remire,oscar, willian,torres. Arsenal will play best if the game end 1-0 which is 25/100. Chelsea VICTORY is OURS!

  13. Koibor ben

    December 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Obvious chels wil disgrace arsenal

  14. chinonso

    December 23, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Cheslea we win tonight game if cheslea play well. Mou we win weager

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