Venue: Emirates Stadium
Date: September 24, 2016
The London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea is undoubtedly the biggest match of the Premier League’s Gameweek 6. Over the years, Chelsea have dominated this fixture, which is why the home side will be desperate to turn a corner.
Both the clubs have got off to identical starts this term. Considering their title ambitions, a win for either side will help to make a early statement in the race.
Arsenal are currently 4th on the table with 10 points from 5 games. Chelsea on the other hand are positioned at 5th due to an inferior goal difference.
Both teams will be without some of their key players for this encounter. For the Gunners, Aaron Ramsey will be absent with a hamstring injury. Frontman Olivier Giroud will undergo a late fitness test.
The Blues will travel without skipper John Terry who is dealing with an ankle issue.
“Conte has very strong players in transition, like Hazard, like Willian, like Costa. For us to stop these three players from being dangerous will be one of the keys of the game,” said Arsene Wenger during his pre-match press conference.
"We must work a lot on the defensive aspect because if you want a great championship you must not concede so many goals," Antonio Conte told reporters ahead of the big match.
Conte’s men are unbeaten against the north Londoners since October 2011. Chelsea have beaten Arsenal four times at the Emirates, that’s more than any other side in the League.
Diego Costa to score
Under 2.5 goals in match
Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea
Arsenal's attempt to snap up France forward Alexandre Lacazette on Tuesday suffered a setback.
The Gunners were informed by Lyon that the 35m euros (£29.3m) on the table was not enough to sign the star striker.
Lacazette, who has been on the radar of top European team, found the back of the net on 21 occasions in 34 league matches last season.
The 25-year-old is under contract at Lyon until 2019.
"Lacazette is irreplaceable and one of the main leaders," said the French club in a statement on social micro-blogging site Twitter.
Lyon however denied a newspaper report, claiming it had rejected a 48m euros (£42.2m) from the North London club.
It is a well-known fact that Arsene Wenger is in the market for a striker this summer.
Arsenal first-choice Jamie Vardy decided to stay put in Leicester.
The club in the past has relied on Olivier Giroud who has failed to inspire.
Many believe the reason behind the club's failed bid to win the title last season was due to the absence of a clinical striker.