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Arsenal v Chelsea: Premier League match preview

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Arsenal are the only team who can pose a real threat against Chelsea and they will be holding the steering wheel during Sunday's clash against the current league leaders: if they win, they will close the gap to seven points but if they lose, the Blues will only need three more points to be crowned champions.

The 4:00 game on a Sunday afternoon is always jam-packed with entertainment. We saw Manchester United destroy their rivals, City, just a fortnight ago, not to mention Arsenal's 5-0 demolition of Aston Villa. By the seems of things, we are in store for yet another thriller ladies and gentlemen.

Chelsea have had a good eight days rest since being outplayed against Manchester United. That, apart from the end of the first half against Hull City last month, is the only time where I have seen Jose Mourinho's side torn apart this season. Somehow though they managed to win and closed in on the title even more.

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Team news

The Portuguese man will be having sleepless nights over who to play up-front with the fitness of Loic Remy and Diego Costa at a worrying low, whilst Didier Drogba's never-ending ankle issue has flared up once again.

Other than his major striker dilemma, there are no other key injury or suspension problems to worry about.

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Arsene Wenger, on the other hand, will be assessing the availability of Per Mertersacker after his ankle sprain picked up against Reading in the FA Cup semi-final last week leaves him with a 50/50 chance of featuring.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss out once again with yet another muscle injury.

The verdict

Arsenal's form of late has been unmistakeable with 9 wins in 9 across all competitions.

The Gunners always have a strong run-in at the end of the season but with Chelsea's formidable squad guiding them onto victory upon victory, it's hard to see the current leaders slipping up with two games to win out of six.

The unavailability of Chelsea's trio of forwards is a living nightmare for Jose Mourinho and building upon that area of the field is key for summer. 

That factor alone could be enough to cook a recipe for disaster for Sunday's visitors to the Emirates.


Arsene Wenger's side are so high on confidence and I think they might capitalise on the opportunity to close the gap.

End of the season

Both teams have fairly similar run-ins after Sunday's clash of the titans. There is one other difficult game for each that remains. Arsenal travel to Old Trafford whilst Chelsea still have to host Liverpool.

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