Our live stream ahead of Boxing days Premier League match, Arsenal vs Chelsea is now up, kicking off at 17.30 GMT
You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, lineups, predictions and much more…
Arsenal come into the game having been dumped out of the EFL Cup on Tuesday, and have endured their worst start to a Premier League campaign since the 1974-75 season.
The Gunners, who are down in 15th spot in the table, will be searching for their first league victory since the start of November, a 1-0 success at Manchester United.
The London side showed signs of improvement in their 1-1 draw against Southampton on December 16 but could not build on the point as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at Everton last weekend, which has further piled the pressure on under-fire manager Mikel Arteta.
They are only four points clear of the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s fixtures. It is extremely difficult to imagine Arsenal dropping out of the top flight, but the fact that the possibility is even being discussed is a real concern for the capital giants.
Having suffered back to back defeats at the hands of Everton and Wolves, Chelsea managed to return to winning ways against West Ham, beating them 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
In contrast to Arsenal being fifth from bottom, Chelsea sit fifth from top having won seven, drawn four and lost three of their 14 matches this season, collecting 25 points in the process.
There is pressure on Lampard to deliver at least another top-four finish due to the amount of money that was spent over the summer, but it would be fair to say that the team are still finding their feet, having dropped points in three of their last four matches in all competitions.
The Blues are only six points behind league leaders, Liverpool, on the same number of matches but are just three points ahead of ninth-placed Aston Villa, who have two matches in hand, which is an indication of how quickly things can change due to the nature of this season’s Premier League.
The London rivals last met in last seasons FA Cup final, with Arsenal winning 2-1 to lift the trophy…
Chances of Chilwell and James being fit for next two games?
“They are both doubtful. Can’t give an answer. Not sure if fit for either game.”
Is Timo frustrated about goals?
“I don’t sense frustration. You want to score regularly but every striker has moments where it doesn’t drop for whatever reason. But he is getting chances and they will come.”
Relegation battle for Arsenal?
“Don’t want to talk about that. They are a good team with a good manager but have had some tough results lately. They are a high quality team. That’s my only concern.”
Are they too good to go down?
“Don’t get the point of that question.”
What’s it like playing against a team without confidence?
“Playing a derby form goes out the window. It’s a spur to get a result and we have to expect the best Arsenal. They are well-coached and have lots of threats in attacking areas.”
Nice Christmas day plan?
“Plans went up in smoke in terms of seeing family but we understand the seriousness of the situation in the last week. There’s a reason for it. We’re fortunate to spend it with close family but not as much family as other years.”
Arteta had a big reputation but is it being damaged?
“There are so many factors. Timing always is. I’m at pains not to talk about other managers because I don’t know the 1,000 things he deals with day to day. It’s hard to comment on other people’s jobs at that point.”
Big club means results are exaggerated?
“It’s our job to manage high expectations whatever the bar is set by the outside world. It’s something we can’t control. You need to work day-to-day and bring positivity. A lot of teams have had difficult moments this season.”
What do you remember of playing against Arsenal?
“We had a real rivalry. Arsenal had the upperhand at the start but we changed the tide. I enjoy that side of it as long as it’s carried out the right way. That rivalry remains but it’s still about passion, that’s what a derby brings.”
Kovacic says aim is silverware. Same for you?
“Always the aim but we have different challenges and not far enough down the line to say we’ll meet those challenges.”
Timo said he underestimated the PL – is that honesty a good thing? And pleased with Tammy’s form?
“Honesty is a good thing but not always taken in right context. Don’t think Timo has underestimated – he understands rigours of Premier League but it’s about reacting to a different challenge.”
“He’ll score a lot of goals for. I’m pleased with Tammy, he offers a lot but he has to keep working and progressing. I’m very happy with him.”
“No, he won’t be fit for Arsenal. It’s a muscle injury so we need to wait for it to recover. Not a long-term concern and we hope to have him back in a week or so. That’s football when players are playing every two or three days.”
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Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka; Willian, Lacazette, Pepe
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Silva, Emerson; Mount, Jorginho, Kante; Werner, Abraham, Pulisic
Chelsea to Win 10/11 with FanTeam
‘Crisis’ is the word on everyone’s lips in North London right now. Arsenal are flirting with the relegation zone at Christmas and on current form, could drop points against just about anyone in the division.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have bounced back from consecutive defeats to rise to fifth, keeping another clean sheet in the process. There could not be a better time for Chelsea to play their London rivals and at just shy of evens this is surely overpriced.
Time to take a look at our Arsenal vs Chelsea live match stream as it happens…