Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to take on Chelsea, who remain unbeaten so far this season. After a fairly unimpressive and lethargic start to the Premier League season and suffering a hammering 6-0 in the fixture last season, Arsene Wenger will be looking for an energetic performance from his star players.
Despite an impressive midweek performance in the Champions League, Arsenal's season has started slowly, with just two wins from the opening six Premier League games. In comparison, Chelsea have picked up all three points five times so far this season.
Jose Mourinho's summer signings have flourished since moving to the capital. £32 million Diego Costa has an outstanding record of eight goals in six games and coupled with the added midfield creativity of former Arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas, has transformed Chelsea's attack. Meanwhile, both Alexis Sanchez and the young Calum Chambers have excelled for Arsenal.
It is expected that Arsene Wenger will drop Santi Cazorla to the bench after being forced to play in a slightly deeper role against Galatasaray. Jack Wilshere will come into the midfield to add some more physicality in the middle of the park. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to retain his starting position for the third consecutive game due to his recent form, including scoring the equalising goal in the North London Derby last Saturday.
The hosts have been given a selection headache due to Ramires' injury. The Brazilian normally slots into a 4-3-3 formation against the 'bigger' teams, but it seems that Mourinho will have to turn to John Obi Mikel. Mourinho has also confirmed that Diego Costa will start the match, despite starting in their 1-0 win over Sporting in midweek.
Cesc Fabregas is almost certain to feel uneasy whilst playing. The former Arsenal captain will be giving his all against the team that effectively raised him as a footballer. Emotions will surely be running high throughout the game, regardless of the result.
The scoreline is difficult to predict. Chelsea have looked unstoppable at times this season but this new-look Arsenal side is packed with pace and power across the park. It could go either way and should make for a thoroughly entertaining game. Many Arsenal fans are unsure about what display will be produced after the shock 6-0 result last season. Excluding that freak result, which Jose Mourinho described as a "once every fifty years" scoreline, this fixture is normally quite a tight affair. The last five meetings have finished with either a 0-0 draw or a winning margin of just one. Arsenal's last victory at Stamford Bridge came in 2011, thanks to a Robin van Persie hat-trick and goals from Theo Walcott and Andre Santos.
Chelsea will be without Ramires due to an ongoing groin problem, while Didier Drogba is set to miss the game because of an ankle injury. This will come as good news to Arsenal fans, as Drogba has a prolific thirteen goals in his last fourteen appearances against Arsenal.
On the other hand, Arsenal are ravaged with injury problems. No fewer than seven players are set to miss the game, with injuries to Mikel Arteta (calf), Mathieu Debuchy (ankle), Olivier Giroud (foot), Serge Gnabry, Theo Walcott (both knees), Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Yaya Sanogo (hamstring). Furthermore, left-back Nacho Monreal will face a late fitness test due to a back injury.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic; Matic, John Obi Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Costa, Hazard.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Gibbs, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Chambers; Flamini, Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Özil, Sanchez; Welbeck.