- Chelsea travel to North London to play Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium
- Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil may not play in Premier League clash
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The new year is underway and what a cracking opening match this is for Chelsea as Arsenal are the team’s first opponents of 2018.
The tension between the two clubs means three massive points are for the taking. With Liverpool and Man United winning their games, the stakes have got even higher.
Chelsea is currently sat in third place in the Premier League and can overtake United with a win on Wednesday night.
Anything other than a win for The Gunners is a sting in their bid to get into the top four as the fight for Champions League places intensifies game by game.
A controversial West Brom penalty denied Arsene Wenger’s side an important win on Sunday. Whilst Chelsea thumped Stoke City 5-0 so morale and confidence is certainly on our side.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, both David Luiz and Charly Musonda are in contention to play in the FA Cup tie against Norwich on Saturday. Despite the pair missing this vital match, it’s good to hear that they are close to returning to action.
PhysioRoom understands that Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil will have late fitness tests in the build up to this game. Aaron Ramsey, Oliver Giroud, Nacho Monrael, Saed Kolasinac and Santi Cazorla are other notable absentees.
Taking into consideration the form and injuries of both sides, all things are pointing to a Chelsea win.
However, Arsenal is a hard team to stop when they’re in form and playing at home. Antonio Conte will know that after the 3-0 defeat in this fixture last season, that turned our title winning campaign around for the better.
This is how we believe the Italian will line-up his team against Arsenal: