Arsenal and Chelsea will battle it out in a Saturday evening London derby with a Premier League top-four finish very much at stake.
Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea currently sit fourth in the table and lead both Unai Emery’s Arsenal and Manchester United by six points – a healthy gap, but one which could disappear within a week.
A defeat for Arsenal would be a hammer-blow to their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via the domestic route, while a win for Chelsea would keep alive their faint hopes of mounting a late title challenge if the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City slip up.
Arsenal with be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan (broken metatarsal), Rob Holding (knee) and Danny Welbeck (ankle), who are all ruled out of action.
Likely Starting XI
Leno; Mustafi, Sokratis, Koscielny; Bellerin, Guendouzi, Torreira, Monreal; Aubameyang, Iwobi; Lacazette
Alvaro Morata is a slight doubt with a hamstring problem, but in reality the striker could have already left Chelsea by the time of the game as he explores a potential January exit