This match between Chelsea and Arsenal is crucial for both teams. Chelsea missed the opportunity last week to take a little ahead of Liverpool getting a dull 0-0 against Newcastle. The Blues must win again if they want to stay ahead of the championship. On the other side, the Gunners are in a downward spiral and may have already lost their chances to win the title. They will try to Chelsea renew the feat achieved against Manchester United.
Chelsea won 4 of the last 5 clashes with Arsenal. The Blues have won each time by 1 goal difference.
Arsenal is in crisis with two consecutive defeats in the league. After the humiliation suffered at home against Aston Villa, the club underwent a correction to Manchester City (3-0). It is already the fifth defeat of the Gunners this season and the third in November.
The Blues remain on 4 wins in their last five Premier League games. After the negative result against Liverpool, they had immediately responded with two large victories against Hull and Sunderland.
The mind of the Gunners is not rosy. Many tensions exist within the team, especially after the statements of William Gallas in the press.
This derby is crucial for both teams. Arsenal, undermined by internal problems, is on the downward slope. Chelsea has against proved that even without shine, the club could get results. The Blues should win.