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Chelsea v Arsenal – TEAM NEWS and Match Facts


Chelsea captain John Terry could make his first start since November in Sunday’s game against Arsenal. Terry, who came off the bench at Stoke last weekend, will have a test on his knee injury before interim manager Rafael Benitez decides whether to start the defender. Nigeria duo John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses are at the African Nations Cup while long-term absentee Oriol Romeu (knee) remains sidelined.

Arsenal will have defender Laurent Koscielny back from a one-match suspension for Sunday. However, injured midfielder duo Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky (both calf) remain sidelined. Forward Gervinho is away at the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast.


Rafael Benitez (Chelsea): “We cannot be happy drawing at home. The next game has to be totally different. We have to think how we can improve on the next one. It is analysing and trying to coach the players in the right way. We know the problems we have when other teams are well organised.”

Arsene Wenger (Arsenal): “I feel sympathy for every manager until the day I play against him. We are all in the same position. We know we are in a fragile job and that the confidence is very important. It’s a job where you have to take care of your own team. But the confidence of the crowd in the team plays a big part. Let’s not hope on any weakness of Chelsea. Let’s focus on our strength. You want to go there and be at your best. That’s all you can do. “

Arsenal have won away at Stamford Bridge more often than any other Premier League side (seven times) and scored more goals (27).

When Arsenal won 5-3 away at Chelsea last season, they became the first and only away team to net five times in a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge.

Theo Walcott scored his first ever goal for Arsenal against Chelsea when he netted in the 2007 League Cup final.

Demba Ba scored two goals in his final match for Newcastle before signing for Chelsea and they came against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on December 29th.

The Blues scored two goals from just three shots on target in their 2-1 against Arsenal at the Emirates earlier this season.

Rafa Benitez’s home record in games as an opposition coach against Arsene Wenger with Valencia and Liverpool is (W5 D2 L3).

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