Venue: Emirates Stadium
Date: September 24, 2016
The London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea is undoubtedly the biggest match of the Premier League’s Gameweek 6. Over the years, Chelsea have dominated this fixture, which is why the home side will be desperate to turn a corner.
Both the clubs have got off to identical starts this term. Considering their title ambitions, a win for either side will help to make a early statement in the race.
Arsenal are currently 4th on the table with 10 points from 5 games. Chelsea on the other hand are positioned at 5th due to an inferior goal difference.
Both teams will be without some of their key players for this encounter. For the Gunners, Aaron Ramsey will be absent with a hamstring injury. Frontman Olivier Giroud will undergo a late fitness test.
The Blues will travel without skipper John Terry who is dealing with an ankle issue.
“Conte has very strong players in transition, like Hazard, like Willian, like Costa. For us to stop these three players from being dangerous will be one of the keys of the game,” said Arsene Wenger during his pre-match press conference.
"We must work a lot on the defensive aspect because if you want a great championship you must not concede so many goals," Antonio Conte told reporters ahead of the big match.
Conte’s men are unbeaten against the north Londoners since October 2011. Chelsea have beaten Arsenal four times at the Emirates, that’s more than any other side in the League.
Diego Costa to score
Under 2.5 goals in match
Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea
In a massive blow to Chelsea, club skipper John Terry is expected to be out for 10 days after straining ligaments in the right foot.
The veteran defender left the Liberty Stadium on crutches after he was injured during the 2-2 draw against Swansea.
Terry posted a short video on social networking site Instagram that showed him undergoing treatment.
Unfortunately for Terry and Chelsea fans, he will miss the crucial game against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Friday.
David Luiz is expected to replace the England defender in the playing eleven.
The Brazilian re-joined Chelsea in summer from French champions PSG.