Ahead of the Premier League meeting between Arsenal and Chelsea, we caught up with a couple of fans for their take on the match...
Arsenal - Lewis Potton
Arsenal go into this weekend’s game knowing that they’ll be playing an entirely different Chelsea side to the one they lost to in September. Despite their lowly league position, the Blues will be very keen to have a bearing on the title challenge.
Despite the resilient performance against Stoke last week, I’m excited to see that Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are back in contention for the game. They are both world-class and will seriously frighten the creaky Chelsea defence with their movement.
Last time we played the Blues, Diego Costa put on a masterclass in how to rile an opposition defence - with Gabriel falling for it hook, line and sinker. This time round it will be up to the experienced heads of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker to avoid a repeat of ‘The Costa Show’. I predict a tense 1-0 win to Arsenal, plus I’ve got a feeling there will be a red card too. Watch this space.
Chelsea - Harry Edwards
London derbies are always a big point of any Chelsea fan’s calendar and it arguably doesn't get any bigger than Arsenal. Despite not being our closest London team, we have contested with the Gunners for trophies for many years and even in a season so poor our fans demand results.
We looked to have improved under Guus Hiddink but five goals conceded in two games showed that there are still problems with our defence. Despite his heroics against Everton, John Terry is still showing signs of a decline; Kurt Zouma is still learning and Branislav Ivanovic is still being Ivanovic.
Up front it isn't much better. Diego Costa is a doubt and Radamel Falcao is injured, leaving Loic Remy as our sole hope for goals against Chelsea legend Petr Cech. And yet, there is still optimism when it comes to playing Arsenal. So I'm going to go for a 1-0 Blues win.
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