The first time these two teams met this season, Arsene Wenger took his first ever win over Mourinho, to lift the Community Shield for the second time in a row. The second time wasn’t so productive with the gunners losing 2-0 in a game highlighted by two controversial red cards against the gunners.
This is the third time Arsenal will be facing Chelsea and this time Mourinho is not at the helm of affairs, so rather than a Mourinho Wenger rivalry, we can expect to see a purely Arsenal vs Chelsea clash.
The return of Arsenal stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil would be the talking point before the game on Sunday, the former has been out since last year with a thigh injury, and the latter missed the last game against Stoke with a knee injury.
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Cesc Fabregas: The former Arsenal Captain broke a few hearts when he moved to Chelsea last season, but after an electric first season, he has hit an all-time career low this season, and even became the target of boos by his own fans at some point this season. But under Guus Hiddink, the Spaniard is beginning to find his feet again, as shown in the game against Sunderland, he would be expected to be at his best against the gunners if Chelsea are to have any chance.
Joel Campbell: Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin of this season, the Costa Rican has been a revelation this season as the Frenchman was last season, and is fast becoming a key component of the gunners’ attack, as shown in his performances lately, most notably the game against Liverpool where he assisted two the the three goals the gunners scored. Chelsea would represent another chance for him to shine against a big team and work towards cementing his place in the starting line up even when Alexis Sanchez returns to full fitness.
Arsenal have won seven and lost none of their last nine Premier league games at home
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight league games against the gunners
Arsenal have not scored in the last eight hours and two minutes of Premier league football against Chelsea
Arsenal’s heaviest ever league defeat at the Emirates was 4-1 against a Guus Hiddink Chelsea back in May 2009
Three of the last four league games between these two sides have ended goalless
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Campbell, Ozil, Walcott
Ospina, Chambers, Gabriel, Gibbs, Elneny, Chamberlain, Sanchez