Both teams are coming of a draw from last weekend; Arsenal clearly missed the creativity of Mesut Ozil, the pace and goal threat of Sanchez and the control of Coquelin. Ozil is confirmed to be back in the match squad for Sunday, Sanchez has shown positive (or negative depending on perspective) signs in training, but there are concerns that Sunday may be too early for him, with the same going for Coquelin.
Chelsea started the game poorly against Everton, but showed some of the best football of the season in the last 30 minutes. This resurgence was mainly focused around the partnership of Costa and Fabregas. Costa took a knock on Saturday, Hiddink, in his press conference on Friday, said there is a chance for Costa to play. Costa, who has been on fine form since Guss took over, scoring 5 in 5, if he doesn’t play it may mean Chelsea produce another below par performance like against Manchester United. Cesc will be central to any Chelsea performance, but needs to ensure that he doesn’t slip into his old form or buckle under the pressure of returning to his old club.
Eden Hazard has also been back in full training since Wednesday. I am positive that he will make start, Pedro has yet to make a fully strong appearance since his first game against West Brom and while Kennedy has shown positive signs, Eden Hazard is one of the best players in the world, if he can show the form on which he all know he is capable of the Arsenal defence will be scared.
Match: Arsenal v Chelsea, Sunday 24th January
Time: 16:00 Kick off
Television: Sky Sports 1
Highlights: Sky and BBC on Sunday evening
Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilqueta, Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Costa
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Flamini, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Giroud
Head to head