Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea: Arsenal’s top-four hopes remain alive after the Gunners breezed past London rivals Chelsea with a comfortable 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Gunners enjoyed a blistering start to the match and took the lead in only the 14th minute when Alexandre Lacazette superbly beat Kepa Arrizabalaga at his near post with a fierce effort that hurtled into the roof of the net.
Laurent Koscielny then extended Arsenal’s lead with a fortunate shoulder effort six minutes before the break in a game the hosts looked at ease in despite their recent shaky form in the Premier League.
A defeat for Arsenal would be a hammer-blow to their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via the domestic route, while a win for Chelsea would keep alive their faint hopes of mounting a late title challenge if the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City slip up.
The London rivals have met 53 times in the Premier League: there have been 16 draws, while Arsenal’s 19 wins shade Chelsea’s 18 victories.
Chelsea have not lost in their last four League meetings with Arsenal, winning twice and drawing twice.
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The Blues edged the Gunners in this season’s reverse fixture with a 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge back in August.
Arsenal host Chelsea on Saturday. Six points behind the Blues, if they harbour hopes of a top-four finish, is this a must-win match already?
When Unai Emery arrived at Arsenal in the summer, there was much talk about what his goals for his first season in charge should be.
Ivan Gazidis, then chief executive, put the question to bed quickly. Progress and challenging for a top-four finish were what Emery needed to achieve.
Alvaro Morata is a slight doubt with a hamstring problem, but in reality the striker could have already left Chelsea by the time of the game as he explores a potential January exit.
Arsenal with be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan (broken metatarsal), Rob Holding (knee) and Danny Welbeck (ankle), who are all ruled out of action.
The Gunners are getting ready to lock horns with Maurizio Sarri’s charges on Saturday with the aim of avenging their loss at Stamford Bridge in August
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is anticipating the chance to reunite with his former teammate Eden Hazard when Arsenal host Chelsea in Saturday’s Premier League cracker.
Unai Emery’s men will hope to bounce back from their 1-0 loss to West Ham United last Saturday by getting the maximum points against their top-four rivals.
Earlier this season, Chelsea defeated the north London club 3-2 in the reverse fixture which turned to be their second loss in the 2018-19 campaign after their opening day loss to Manchester City.
TV channel and live stream online coverage
The match will be televised live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 4K UHD. BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.
You can follow all the action on Standard Sport’s LIVE blog with our team at the Emirates.