Arsenal host last season’s champions Chelsea in another London derby on Sunday and would serve as a big test of Arsenal’s title credentials because, despite Chelsea’s struggles, the reverse fixture earlier in the season resulted in a 2-0 loss for Wenger’s men in a bad-tempered game.
Arsenal are unbeaten in their past four Premier League matches, and are tied on points with Leicester City for the top spot, with only one point separating them from third-place Manchester City as the title race intensifies. Chelsea are unbeaten in their past six Premier League matches, most recently drawing 3-3 against Everton.
The Gunners boss will hope they can make the most of their home advantage, having lost only once at the Emirates in the league all season.
Arsenal comes into Sunday’s match off back-to-back draws against Stoke City and Liverpool.
Meanwhile, the duo of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will be available for the Gunners, having missed the matches against Stoke City and Liverpool.
Arsenal would send out a real statement of intent with a convincing win over Chelsea, but their title hopes could be rocked if they lose.
Wenger will have to set his team out carefully to ensure Chelsea’s attackers are contained, but the hosts are undoubtedly the favourites to prevail at the Emirates.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight top-flight matches against the Gunners winning five and drawing three except Arsenal won 5-3 in October 2011.
It is of interest to note that three of the last four league meetings between these two sides at Emirate have ended as 0-0 draws.
Arsenal must be wary of informed and controversial Diego Costa who has scored five goals in five Chelsea appearances across all competitions under Guus Hiddink and attempt to ignore him may be to their peril.
In the reversed fixtures, Costa proved the decisive figure as Chelsea won 2-0 against an Arsenal side who finished the incident-fuelled contest with nine men at Stamford Bridge.
The Spain striker was at the centre of an exchange which eventually resulted in a red card for Arsenal defender Gabriel late in the first half with Santi Cazorla also seeing red in the second period as the visitors lost control.
Arsenal are 19 points ahead of Chelsea in the Premier League, their largest advantage in 22 years.
With 44 points from 22 games and 19 points clear of their London rivals, Chelsea, the Gunner could be well positioned to extend their lead.
The Blues, in the midst of the worst-ever Premier League title defence are languishing in 14 position, following their 3-3 draw at home to Everton last Saturday.
You have to rewind to January, 1994 for the last time Arsenal had a greater point’s advantage over Chelsea at this time of year.
For Chelsea, Sunday’s encounter is certainly going to be the league decider. Should they beat Arsenal, their ambition of getting the top four spot would be realistic. But Should Arsene Wenger’s men win on Sunday, Chelsea would be forced down relegation waters and the Gunners coast home towards clinching the title after 12 years of wait.

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