LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Leaders Chelsea will face Arsenal in the highlighted Barclays Premier League clash of the weekend on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.
The game will see a matchup of two of the EPL in form forwards in Diego Costa of Chelsea and Danny Welbeck of Arsenal. In fact, Welbeck is coming into the game on the back of a hat-trick in the Champions League in midweek.
Chelsea vs Arsenal at Stamford Bridge
English Premier League
Sunday, October 5, 8:05 AM
Live on Arsenal Player, NBC Sports Live, Telemundo, Chelsea TV Online, Sky Sports 1/HD, Sky Go Extra
Chelsea sit top of the EPL table standings with 16 points from six games, while Arsenal are fourth on 10 points after winning just two of their six games and drawing the other four.
The Blues have won five and tie one in their current undefeated run thus far this term.
Arsene Wenger enters this contest with a long list of injured players, including Olivier Giroud, Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey.
The likes of Serge Gnabry, Theo Walcott, Mathieu Debuchy and Yaya Sanogo are all out as well, but Wenger said full-back Nacho Monreal could be available.
“Compared to midweek, the only player who might be back for us in the squad is Nacho Monreal,” Wenger said on Arsenal official website at www.arsenal.com. “As for everybody else, there is no major change.”
He added the Gnabry and Walcott will both come back “next week to the full squad for training – but they are too short for Sunday of course.”
For Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side, forward Didier Drogba and midfielder Ramires are both expected to miss the game with injuries, but striker Diego Costa, who has scored eight goals in six games, should be fit and ready to feature.
Wenger is yet to get his first win over Mourinho, but he still remains optimistic.
“I don’t deny that history is against us with Chelsea,” he said. “The thing about top teams is that they make history and they change history.
“If football was just a repeat of the past then you wouldn’t play at all because it would be too predictable,” he added. “We have an opportunity to put things right on Sunday, so let’s take it.
“This team has made history because they won a trophy last year against all the odds and we have an opportunity to do it again in a big game against Chelsea.”