Arsenal: 2020 in review
Arsenal and Chelsea are gearing up for their 57th meeting in the Premier League era. The Gunners have won 20 of those games, just one more than Chelsea’s win tally. Seventeen matches have also ended in a draw, including their most recent encounter in the top-flight.
The sides played out a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge back in January, while Chelsea claimed a 2-1 victory in their last visit to the Emirates in December 2019.
The Blues head into this one in fifth place with 25 points but Arsenal find themselves down in 15th after a disastrous start to the season.
Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell is a doubt for the clash but manager Frank Lampard is happy with his full-back options.
“A slight difference in attributes can change things to a degree but I don’t expect too much because they are accomplished players,” Lampard said.
“The captain of the club, Azpi [Cesar Azpilicueta], did brilliantly (against West Ham) in all senses of his game, particularly the defensive side which was so important in the way they play.
“Emer [Emerson Palmieri] did well as well. When we train we work inclusively as a whole squad and know the movements we want to make. We’ll prepare for Arsenal and onwards with our attacking plan.
“We want to attack with our full-backs, they know that. Reece and Chilly have been doing really well, we hope their injuries are not that bad and they will be in and around the games over Christmas, so we’ll see.
“But I was pleased with the two lads, they were comfortable.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been busy calling on his players to fight to turn their season around.
“You have two types of people: fighters and victims,” he said.
“You need fighters and you don’t want any victims. Victims bring excuses, victims bring negativity and they start to blame anything that is happening around them or is not going their way.
“You need people who fight, people who contribute and people who are ready to give everything to the club in this moment.”
What time does Arsenal vs Chelsea kick-off?
The Premier League clash kicks off at 5.30pm GMT on Saturday, December 26.
What TV channel is Arsenal vs Chelsea on?
Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League will be screening live coverage from the Emirates Stadium.
How to live stream Arsenal vs Chelsea?
Streaming is available via the Sky Go app for existing customers.
Fans can also watch the action via NOW TV when purchasing a Sky Sports pass.
Arsenal vs Chelsea match officials
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistants: Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell
VAR: Paul Tierney
Assistant VAR: Constantine Hatzidakis
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