This is the 51st Premier League meeting between the two clubs, who are both ever-presents in this division since the league’s creation in 1992.
Chelsea have won their last three Premier League matches after an opening weekend defeat to Burnley and Antonio Conte would be looking to claim another scalp off their london rivals.
Arsene Wenger’s record against fellow managerial big-hitters has come in for sustained criticism over recent seasons but he has enjoyed the better of meetings with Conte since the ex-Italy boss arrived at Chelsea.
Conte implemented the tactical tweaks that saw the Blues romp to the Premier League title on the back of a chastening 3-0 loss at Emirates Stadium last season.
Chelsea won the return game convincingly but were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup final and lost August’s Community Shield to the Gunners on penalties.
It leaves Wenger with a creditable won two, drawn one, lost one return against one of the newer breed of coaches who supposedly leave him as a man out of time.
But, a different scenario plays up today at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal have been in a hollow pit in the last two weeks, struggling to come out of the hideous and shambolic display against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds. Whereas, the host have gradually come out of their shell and now reminds one of the sparkling Chelsea that cantered home the trophy last season.
Having bounced back from their opening EPL loss to Burnley, the Blues have seen off Spurs, Leicester and Everton to go third on the table. Hence, would definitely be looking towards another fourth victory today. Something Blues defender Christensen acknowledged won’t come easy.
According to the Dane, the Blues must not underestimate the Gunners.
“We are looking forward to that, it’s come quicky. This month, we don’t have too much time off.
We have to work hard in the training ground and I think everyone is looking forward to the week coming,” Christiensen told talkSPORT.
“You can’t look at that [Arsenal’s two away losses this season]. You just look at the players they have and the team they got. We know how difficult it’s going to be.”
For Cech, Arsenal’s goalie, today’s encounter provides an opportunity to surprise critics.
After picking up a convincing 3-0 home win over Bournemouth last time out, however, Cech believes that Arsenal have now moved on from their 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool and are in a good position to leave Stamford Bridge with all three points on Sunday.
“We have to draw a line under what happened [at Anfield] and move forward,” he told Sky Sports News. “We played Chelsea in the Community Shield and in the FA Cup final last season, so we know we can beat them. They know they lost two games against us that they were not happy to lose, so this is something we have to use to our advantage.
“The games we played at Stoke and Liverpool didn’t go the way we wanted. The performance at Stoke was much better than the result, because we had enough chances and opportunities, but we couldn’t find the final pass or finish moves off. It was not the result we wanted or expected, and probably deserved.
“Liverpool was a big slap in the face, it wasn’t acceptable for a club the size of Arsenal and the team that we are.
We had to really make sure we put things right against Bournemouth and the reaction from everyone was brilliant. The determination and intensity was there against Bournemouth, the way we played was more like it.
“Chelsea have the same objective as us, they want to challenge for the title so it’s a big game this weekend. If we want to be close to the top of the table after two defeats then we have to win the big games and this is the first opportunity for us to do so.”
•Chelsea have won 16 of their last 18 home matches (Premier League).
•Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in their last 8 home matches against Arsenal in all competitions.
•Chelsea have won their last 5 home matches against Arsenal in all competitions.