Two of London’s biggest clubs collide at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday as Arsenal host Chelsea in the Premier League.
The Gunners are in desperate need of a win to boost their chances of securing a top-four finish, while the Blues can return to second-place in the table with victory.
This will be the third competitive meeting between the rivals this season and it serves as a precursor to their EFL Cup semi-final clash, which takes place next week.
|Game||Arsenal vs Chelsea|
|Date||Wednesday, January 3|
|Time||19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the United Kingdom (UK) the game is being shown live on television on Sky Sports Premier League and can be streamed live online using Sky Go.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports Premier League||Sky Go|
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SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Goalkeepers||Ospina, Cech, Macey|
|Defenders||Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin|
|Midfielders||Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Elneny|
|Forwards||Sanchez, Lacazette, Walcott, Welbeck, Akpom|
Arsenal will be without Sead Kolasinac, who suffered an injury during the 1-1 draw against West Brom at the weekend, and he joins Nacho Monreal, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny are both considered doubts for the game, while Santi Cazorla is a long-term absentee.
Potential Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker; Maitland-Niles, Bellerin Wilshere, Xhaka, Iwobi; Sanchez, Lacazette.
|Goalkeepers||Caballero, Courtois, Eduardo|
|Defenders||Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Clarke-Salter|
|Midfielders||Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Willian, Scott, Ampadu|
Unlike Arsenal, Chelsea do not have too many injury concerns and are likely to have a near-full panel to choose from having rested a number of players against Stoke City at the weekend.
David Luiz is the highest profile absentee as he continues to recover from a knee injury, while Baba Rahman and Charly Musonda are also out.
Potential Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Zappacosta, Alonso, Kante, Fabregas, Hazard, Pedro; Morata.
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Visitors Chelsea are deemed 7/5 favourites to win according to dabblebet, with Arsenal priced at 2/1 to beat the Blues at the Emirates. A draw is available at 23/10.
The Blues’ top scorer Alvaro Morata is 10/3 to score first, while the Gunners’ top marksman Alexandre Lacazette is 4/1.
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Arsenal and Chelsea are both aiming to protect unbeaten runs when they meet in North London, but the Gunners find themselves seven points behind the Blues, who are third in the table.
Arsene Wenger’s side have not lost in eight games in all competitions, but they were left reeling as a last-gasp penalty denied them three points against West Brom at the weekend.
Antonio Conte’s men, on the other hand, have won five of their last six matches and come into the game well rested following a 5-0 win over Stoke City four days ago.
While Arsenal beat Chelsea on penalties in the Community Shield at the beginning of the season, the teams played out a scoreless draw when they met at Stamford Bridge in September.
Such a result may be acceptable for Conte on Wednesday as his side pick up results elsewhere, but there is added pressure on Wenger to get maximum points as the top-four battle intensifies.