Arsenal v Chelsea team news and stats

Date published: Friday 22nd January 2016 3:35

Arsenal: Looking to end a lengthy goal drought against Chelsea

Arsenal will hope their impressive home record this season helps them overcome a lengthy goal drought against Chelsea when the sides clash at the Emirates on Sunday (4pm).

Team news

Arsenal could welcome back both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil for their Premier League clash against the champions.

Sanchez has been missing since November with a hamstring issue and Ozil sat out last weekend’s draw at Stoke due to a foot injury – but the pair are expected to start against the Blues.

Mohamed Elneny is still awaiting his Arsenal debut with fellow midfielder Francis Coquelin back in training following a knee injury but will not feature, nor will Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla (both knee) or Jack Wilshere (leg).

Eden Hazard and Diego Costa could play for Chelsea.

Belgium playmaker Hazard has missed the last three matches with a groin injury, but returned to training this week.

Striker Costa suffered a bruised shin against Everton last Saturday, but is also in contention to feature, while striker Radamel Falcao (thigh) remains out.

Opta stats

  • Arsenal have not scored in the last eight hours and two minutes of Barclays Premier League football against Chelsea.
  • If the Gunners fail to score against Chelsea it will equal their longest run without a goal versus any opponent in Premier League history (six games v Liverpool 1997 to 2000).
  • Arsenal have won seven and lost none of their last nine Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium, conceding just four goals in that run.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games against the Gunners (W5 D3), since Arsenal won 5-3 in October 2011.
  • Guus Hiddink inflicted Arsenal’s heaviest ever Premier League defeat at the Emirates (4-1 to Chelsea in May 2009).
  • Three of the last four Premier League meetings between these two sides at the Emirates have ended as 0-0 draws.
  • Coming in to MD23, Chelsea are on the longest current unbeaten run in the Premier League (W2 D4).
  • Chelsea will be looking for their 50th all-time league victory over Arsenal in this fixture– they have only won 50+ league games against seven other clubs (Arsenal have 61 wins & there have been 47 draws).
  • Diego Costa has scored five goals in five Chelsea appearances in all competitions under Guus Hiddink; this after netting four in 21 apps before his arrival in 2015-16.
  • Eden Hazard is still yet to score for Chelsea this season in any competition, recording three assists in 27 games.

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