Arsenal will look forward to ending the year 2019 on a high note as they face Chelsea at the Emirates stadium in their last game of the year. The Gunners will also be seeking a revenge against London rivals Chelsea having lost 4-1 to them in the Europa League final back in May, they will be hoping for a repeat of the 2-0 victory at the Emirates back in January.
This will also be new head coach Mikel Arteta’s first home game in charge and he’ll be looking for his first win in the London derby.
Kieran Tierney(Shoulder), Sead Kolasinac(Ankle) and Sokratis(Head) are ruled out of the match while Holding, Martinelli, Bellerin and Ceballos are all subject to late fitness tests. Defender Callum Chambers is available for selection after serving his suspension. Midfielder Granit Xhaka will not feature due to ongoing transfer speculation.
Leno; Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Luiz, Saka; Torreira, Guendouzi; Pepe, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette
Last five meeting;
29 May 2019: Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal (Europa League)
19 Jan 2019: Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea (Premier League)
18 Aug 2018: Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal (Premier League)
24 Jan 2018: Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea (Carabao Cup)
10 Jan 2018: Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal (Carabao Cup)
Arsenal have won two of their last three Premier League home games against Chelsea (D1), as many as they had in their previous 12 against the blues (D5,L5)
Arsenal lost their last game of 2018 5-1 against Liverpool, they have never lost League games in consecutive calender years since 1994/1995 (vs QPR and Wimbledon)
Who to watch out for;
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is back in the team and managed four shots on target though unlucky not to find the back of the net he was a formidable record of scoring at the Emirates.
The match will kick-off at 2PM(GMT), Arsenal will then host Manchester United on New Years Day.
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