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    Chelsea vs Arsenal - Line ups and details (Feb 4, 2017)


    Out of the last 12 matches of the blues against the gunners, Chelsea has lost just 2 matches against Arsenal.

    Chelsea first faced Woolwich Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on 9 November 1907 with The Blues recording a 2-1 victory. Following that win, the South West Londoners failed to beat The Gunners in the next five meetings (two draws and three defeats).
    Over the years, the two sides have met on 188 occasions with Chelsea winning 61 meetings, Arsenal being victorious on 73 occasions and 54 matches ending level.
    The highest scoring meeting between the two sides came in the 1957/1958 season when Arsenal beat Chelsea 5-4 in an astonishing match at Highbury. The Blues did not score five goals past The Gunners in a match themselves until they won 5-0 at Arsenal in a League Cup Fourth Round tie in November 1998.
    In recent times, Arsenal have endured a number of miserable visits to Stamford Bridge. The Gunners haven’t won in four trips to SW6 with their last victory at The Bridge being their shock 5-3 success in the 2011/2012 campaign.
    Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Chelsea at The Emirates Stadium in September was their first Premier League win against The Blues in 11 matches and Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side will look to avoid an unwanted league double on Saturday.
    Chelsea 
    Premier League leaders Chelsea have no injury concerns ahead of Arsenal's visit to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
    Head coach Antonio Conte is unlikely to make many changes from the line-up which started Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Liverpool, although Pedro and Cesc Fabregas could be promoted from the bench.
    Branislav Ivanovic's nine-year stay with Chelsea ended earlier this week when he moved to Zenit St Petersburg.
    Provisional squad: Courtois, Begovic, Alonso, Fabregas, Zouma, Kante, Hazard, Loftus-Cheek, Moses, Pedro, Costa, Matic, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Luiz, Eduardo, Aina, Ake.

    Arsenal 
    Arsenal are sweating on the fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud ahead of Saturday's trip to Premier League leaders Chelsea.
    With midfielder Aaron Ramsey (calf) definitely out, manager Arsene Wenger will hope Oxlade-Chamberlain can overcome a slight knee problem to take the Welshman's place alongside Francis Coquelin.
    Giroud also took a knock in Tuesday's defeat to Watford but is expected to be fit, while Danny Welbeck should return to the squad after being rested. Santi Cazorla (Achilles) and Granit Xhaka (suspended) are both out.
    Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Martinez, Bellerin, Debuchy, Jenkinson, Holding, Gabriel, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Gibbs, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott, Reine-Adelaide, Iwobi, Sanchez, Perez, Giroud.

    Key match stats (supplied by Opta)  
    Chelsea's 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in September was their heaviest against them since April 1997 (also 3-0). They were previously unbeaten in nine Premier League games against Arsenal (W6 D3).
    Arsenal have not done the double over Chelsea in the same season since 2003/04 - the season in which they last won the Premier League.
    The last Chelsea manager to fail to win either of his first two league games against the Gunners was Jose Mourinho in 2004/05, while the last Chelsea boss to lose both was Glenn Hoddle in 1993/94.
    Arsene Wenger has lost his last four league games at Stamford Bridge. The only away ground where he's lost more in succession is Old Trafford (2009-2013).
    The 3-0 loss to Arsenal in September was Antonio Conte's heaviest league defeat since October 2010 when he was manager of Siena (0-3 vs Empoli).
    Arsenal scored more goals in the first half against Chelsea in their last Premier League meeting than they had in their previous nine clashes with the Blues.
    The Gunners have had three players sent off in their last three Premier League games at Stamford Bridge (Gabriel, Santi Cazorla and Kieran Gibbs).
    Theo Walcott was the last Arsenal player to score at Stamford Bridge, in January 2013 in a 2-1 loss. He also scored in Arsenal's last Premier League win there, 5-3 in October 2011.
    Diego Costa has scored in two of his four league games against Arsenal and has been booked in the other two.
    The Gunners have won three of their four Premier League London derbies this season (W3 D1 L0) – this after winning just one of their eight in 2015-16 (W1 D4 L3). They are the only team still unbeaten in London derbies this season.
    Chelsea have won eight successive Premier League home games – their best run in the competition since a sequence of 10 wins that ended in January 2015. The aggregate score in these eight games is 24-3 in Chelsea's favour.
    Arsenal have lost as many of their last eight Premier League games as they did in their previous 30 in the competition (3). 

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