Arsenal vs. Chelsea - Match Preview.

Arsenal play host to league leaders Chelsea, in what could be a season defining fixture for both squads. The Gunners are the in form side with a stunning 9 wins in 9 games, and this has seen them now put pressure on Jose Mourinho’s side who sit 10 points ahead of Arsenal.

An Arsenal win would make for a tense finale to the 2014/15 campaign, but Chelsea could serve a decisive blow should they pick up 3 points on their travels this afternoon. The hosts will know that anything other than 3 points will not be enough, and Jose Mourinho will likely play not to win like his side have done so convincingly against the big teams.

This is always a fixture that football fans have circled in their diary, and the added significance of today’s game should make for a classic. Mourinho and Wenger have had several memorable encounters over the years, and Wenger will be desperate to finally get the better of the Chelsea boss after failing to take all 3 points on 12 occasions.

Chelsea have won their last 4 league games, including an important victory over Man United last time out. Should they win at the Emirates today, they could claim the title on Wednesday when they face Leicester. Jose Mourinho will be eager to wrap up the title as soon as possible with Arsenal’s resurgence in 2015, and he always seems to have a trick up his sleeve in this fixture much to the frustration of Arsenal fans.

Should Arsenal win they would still need a flawless end to the season, but in their current form and the boost that a victory over the Blues would provide, this is achievable but it all hinges on this afternoons game.

The reverse fixture in October saw Mourinho once again get the better of Arsene Wenger with a 2-0 victory, with a first half penalty from Eden Hazard before Diego Costa put the game to bed with goal in the 78th minute. The old adversaries clashed on the sidelines earlier in the game after a challenge on Alexis Sanchez, seeing Wenger push Mourinho in the chest. There is no love lost between the two, and this rivalry plus the importance of the match should make for brilliant encounter this afternoon.

Teams news:

Per Mertesacker could miss out after picking up an ankle injury in last weekends F.A Cup semi final victory, and Wenger will also be without Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Jose Mourinho has an issue with all 3 strikers on the treatment table, and this will see him make a late decision on whether or not to play Diego Costa who has been suffering with a hamstring injury.

Jonny Hughes [@J_Hughes08]


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