John Terry wants to be top of the tree by Christmas

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Ahead of the decisive Premier League clash against Arsenal next Monday, Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed his side are hoping to be fit before Christmas. 

Whilst the Gunners suffered a terrible defeat at Manchester City on Saturday, the Blues narrowly secured a 2-1 over Crystal Palace on the same day - thereby cutting the gap on Arsenal to two points.

And with Chelsea heading to the Emirates next Monday for the key London derby, Terry is hoping his side will inflict a third straight defeat on Arsenal.

"We've got an opportunity to go away to Arsenal next week and go top of the league," Terry told Chelsea TV on Sunday.

"They got a bit of a thumping, but they're a really good side and really good at home as well.

"It's going to be tough, but I think the motivation for us is to go there and beat them and go top of the league, which, just before Christmas, is a really good place to be."

However, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been very critical when assessing his side's performance; since their failure to turn first half dominance into three points at Stoke City last week, where they lost 3-2 and the poor defending which was cited in the 4-3 victory over bottom side Sunderland prior to the Stoke defeat.

And after Chelsea spurned a number of opportunities at home to a relegation-threatened Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Mourinho was again critical, but Terry was not concerned.

"We're clearly not firing on all cylinders at the moment," the 33-year-old said.

"I think we've got another gear to go, which is still encouraging, being the position we are at the minute.

"So we're not too disappointed, we just know as a group we can get better."

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