Arsenal welcome London rivals Chelsea on Boxing Day at the Emirates Stadium in a Premier League clash that could make or break their season.
The Gunners enter the game in 15th place in the standings, having won just once in their last ten league games. They were also knocked out of the Carabao Cup midweek, being swept aside by Manchester City in a 4-1 loss.
Chelsea are fifth in the Premier League after returning to the winning column against West Ham after back-to-back losses to Wolves and Everton.
When does the kick-off take place? Saturday December 26
What time is the kick off? 5:30 p.m. (GMT)
Where is it played? Emirates Stadium
TV channel / live broadcast? Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League (UK), fuboTV (US)
Arbitrator? Michael oliver
Mikel Arteta has been deprived of star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the last two games due to a calf problem and the skipper is set to miss again.
Gabriel Martinelli was forced to leave against Manchester City due to a shin injury, although he should be fit enough to appear on the bench, although likely. Granit Xhaka is available again after suspension, but Thomas Partey is still absent.
For Chelsea, Ben Chilwell and Reece James are respectively injured in the ankle and knee. Hakim Ziyech was also ruled out by manager Frank Lampard, but the Blues are in good health beyond that.
Arsenal: Leno; Gabriel, Luiz, Tierney; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ceballos, Maitland-Niles; Pepe, Lacazette, Saka.
Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Silva, Emerson; Kante, Kovacic, Mount; Pulisic, Giroud, Werner.
The Gunners have been in free fall since defeating Manchester United on November 1, losing five of their last seven Premier League games. They have only scored three league goals since that win and have struggled for all sorts of good points aside from qualifying from their Europa League group with six wins in six games.
Lampard’s side saw a 17-game unbeaten streak in all competitions stopped by Everton at Goodison Park and then followed by a loss to Wolves. They got back on track with a decent performance and won against West Ham and will look to build on that as the new year approaches.
Arsenal 1-4 Manchester City (22/12)
Everton 2-1 Arsenal (19/12)
Arsenal 1-1 Southampton (16/12)
Arsenal 0-1 Burnley (13/12)
Dundalk 2-4 Arsenal (10/12)
Chelsea 3-0 West Ham (21/12)
Wolves 2-1 Chelsea (12/15)
Everton 1-0 Chelsea (12/12)
Chelsea 1-1 FC Krasnodar (8/12)
Chelsea 3-1 Leeds (5/12)
The projection of these two teams currently makes it very difficult to see anything other than a win for Chelsea here.
Arsenal’s form is appalling and they have shown little sign of improving their fortunes with the way they have played, while Chelsea appear to have settled on a style of play and know their strengths.
Defensively they look good and they should control possession for the most part which will surely lead to chances. Visitors will likely add more misery to Arsenal’s Christmas, with former gunner Olivier Giroud having his say.
Prediction: Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea