Arsenal Looking to Rebound

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Arsenal's Lukas Podolski is back after hamstring injury. Image courtesy of news.com.au/Claude Paris/AP
After suffering a 6-3 drubbing at the hands of the Manchester City on the weekend, critics are again questioning Arsenal’s English Premier League title credentials. But the doubters can be silenced with a winning performance at Emirates Stadium. Victory would be the perfect Christmas present for the Gunners, as it would return them to the top of the table.

However, Arsenal has not beaten the Blues in all competitions for more than two years. Most recently, Chelsea  posted a 2-0 away win in the League Cup. Before that the west London club recorded two 2-1 victories in the EPL. The Blues have added incentive to keep their run against the Gunners going – victory would see them leap-frog their opponents and share top spot with Liverpool heading into a busy festive season schedule of four games in 10 days.

While Arsenal’s looking for maximum points after a lacklustre couple of weeks, both sides have similar form lines from their past eight matches – five wins, one draw and two defeats. Chelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho, wants his side to play an attacking brand of football, especially after watching Man City put six past Wojciech Szczesny.

The Gunners, who have scored the first goal in 13 of 16 matches, will be without the suspended Jack Wilshere and injured trio Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Abou Diaby and Yaya Sonogo, while Laurent Koscielny is in doubt. In more positive news for manager, Arsene Wenger, Lukas Podolski is available after missing three months with a hamstring strain. For Chelsea, John Terry returns, while Michael Essien misses this week due to suspension.

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