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Arsenal V. Chelsea Preview by tola9ja: 10:59am On Apr 26, 2015
Arsenal v. Chelsea Preview (Sky Sports)

Arsenal v. ChelseaArsene Wenger will attempt to end his Jose Mourinho hoodoo when Arsenal host Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, live on Super Sunday.

The Gunners, who have won more points in 2015 than any other Premier League side, find themselves 10 points adrift of Chelsea at the top of the table and their slim title hopes rest on victory over the Blues.

However, Arsenal, who lost 2-0 in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge last October, have only won two of their last 12 league matches against Chelsea and Wenger has never beaten Mourinho when the Portuguese manager is in the opposition dugout.

Mourinho will be hoping to extend that run to hand Chelsea a win that would take them to within three points of a first league title in five years.

The clash will also see former Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas return to the Emirates for the first time as an opposing player and he will be hoping to add to his league-high 16 Premier League assists this season.

Team news

Per Mertesacker is doubtful because of an ankle injury picked up in last weekend's FA Cup semi-final win over Reading.

Gabriel Paulista is ready to come in at centre-half. Goalkeeper David Ospina, as well as full-backs Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal, are expected to return, having sat out last weekend's FA Cup semi-final against Reading at Wembley.

Captain Mikel Arteta (ankle) and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) are still not match fit.

Mourinho will make a late decision on whether to risk Diego Costa's fragile hamstrings at the Emirates.

Costa has missed the last two matches, but could return ahead of schedule in place of Didier Drogba, who is fit after an ankle knock, as Chelsea seek a win which would see them move within three points of the title.

Striker Loic Remy (calf) is definitely out, so Dominic Solanke could come on to the substitutes' bench if Costa fails to make it.

Opta facts

Wenger has lost just five competitive home games by a 3+ goal margin during his tenure as Arsenal manager; three of which have come against Chelsea.

Didier Drogba has scored eight times in 11 Premier League appearances against Arsenal in his career. Against no team has he scored more in the division (also scored eight vs West Brom).

Mourinho has never lost as an opposition coach against Arsene Wenger in any competition (W7 D5).

Arsenal have won just two of their last 12 league clashes with Chelsea (D2 L8).

Chelsea have kept four clean sheets in their last six clashes with Arsenal, conceding just two goals in total.

In the reverse fixture against the Blues back in October, Arsenal failed to have a shot on target for the first time in a Premier League match since September 2003 (Manchester United away).

Chelsea have scored first in all 20 of their games in all competitions in 2015.

Merson's prediction

This game all depends on Diego Costa. If Costa’s fit it’s a different game, but if he ain’t fit I can’t see any goals.

Tactically, Mourinho can go somewhere and make it very difficult and Arsenal have that tendency to shoot themselves in the foot if it is tight and Chelsea are defending well. Last week, Chelsea had 30 per cent of the play at home but Man Utd never looked like scoring. They never looked like scoring. If that happens in this game, Arsenal will get frustrated and they will let in Chelsea. But I think Mourinho will go there, make sure they don’t lose, and that will be it.

If Arsenal did win, the difference between them would be seven points. Football’s a funny game: Chelsea go to Leicester on Wednesday night and who’s to say Leicester don't win that by a fluke goal, Arsenal win their game in hand, and it’s four points? But I’d be shocked if Chelsea didn’t win the title from here with the manager they’ve got. Tactically, he’s too cute. The last two games they’ve won 1-0 and probably haven’t had five shots. But they won both games – anybody else wouldn’t have won those games and that’s where the points mount up.

Re: Arsenal V. Chelsea Preview by tola9ja: 11:02am On Apr 26, 2015
Didier Drogba has scored eight times in 11 Premier League appearances against Arsenal in his career. Against no team has he scored more in the division (also scored eight vs West Brom).


However, Arsenal, who lost 2-0 in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge last October, have only won two of their last 12 league matches against Chelsea and Wenger has never beaten Mourinho when the Portuguese manager is in the opposition dugout.

Rilwayne001 see the life of your team and manager respectively
Re: Arsenal V. Chelsea Preview by Rilwayne001: 11:07am On Apr 26, 2015
^^^

Man united fans were reeling out all these old shiit before they were trashed in front of their fans undecided
Re: Arsenal V. Chelsea Preview by missKiffy(f): 11:33am On Apr 26, 2015
Up blues, Chelsea all the way
Re: Arsenal V. Chelsea Preview by tola9ja: 10:21pm On May 01, 2015
Arsenal have won just two of their last 13 league clashes with Chelsea (D3 L8).

Chelsea have kept five clean sheets in a row against Arsenal in all competitions.

Arsenal have gone eight hours and two minutes without scoring against Chelsea (all competitions).

Chelsea have received five bookings for simulation in the Premier League this season, more than any other side. Cesc Fabregas has collected the last two of these.

Arsenal recorded one shot on target in their two league fixtures combined against Chelsea this season.

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