Chelsea vs Arsenal: Premier League Preview

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Chelsea v Arsenal;
Premier League, Stamford Bridge;
Sunday, 20th January 2013; 13:30 KO.

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Arsenal will be without Mikel Arteta and Lukasz Fabianski on Sunday, but could get both Tomas Rosicky and Andre Santos back from injury, providing they are fit in time. Gervinho is away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Chelsea are without youngster Oriol Romeu with his long term hamstring injury, but could start with captain John Terry in defence. The Blues are also without John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses who are both away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Gunners look to heap home misery on Chelsea

Arsenal visit Chelsea in Sunday's London derby, and both sides have something to prove after a defeat to Manchester City and draw against Southampton respectively in their last Premier League outings.

With Arsenal coming off an impressive 1-0 win against Swansea in the FA Cup however; the Gunners will hope to take momentum into Stamford Bridge, building on strong away form having lost only one in their last six league games away from the Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea manager Rafeal Benetiez will look to put the Blues recent home woes behind them, and concentrate on keeping close to Manchester City and Manchester United at the top of the table.

It will be interesting to see how both managers start up front, with Demba Ba impressing in his three starts for Chelsea. With three goals, Benetiez will probably pick the Senagalese forward ahead of Fernando Torres.

Arsene Wenger has recently looked to rotate Olivier Giroud with Theo Walcott through the middle, and six games in 18 days will mean this will probably continue, Giroud started against Swansea, so look for Walcott to get the nod against the Blues.

The London derby looks to be a very intriguing game, and will be a very close fought affair.

Match Prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal

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