Chelsea will be aiming to take a huge step towards UEFA Champions League qualification when they take on fifth placed Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium in the English Premier League on Saturday evening.
The Blues have a six-point cushion on Unai Emery’s side and victory in North London would hand Chelsea a significant advantage in the race for a top four finish.
Arsenal will be without Armenian attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan for their clash against The Blues with the player sidelined with a troublesome foot injury.
Gunners boss Emery could opt to make changes to his side following last weekend’s disappointing 1-0 lost at West Ham United. Defender Nacho Monreal and midfielder Hector Bellerin are amongst those pushing for recalls to the starting XI.
Chelsea make the short trip across London without Ruben Loftus-Cheek who is struggling with a back problem. Former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud may not be risked as he continues to recover from an ankle injury meaning that Eden Hazard could lead the attack.
Maurizio Sarri’s men are bidding to complete a league double over The Gunners. Chelsea won 3-2 at Stamford Bridge in August with Pedro, Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso on the scoresheet.
The match is scheduled to kick-off at 5.30pm and will be screened live on BT Sport 1.