Arsenal will look to close the gap on leaders Chelsea to just a point as they travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, in what will be manager Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of the club.
The Gunners go into the game on the back of last weekend’s narrow victory in the North London derby, and another three points here will see them well and truly back in the title race, so much so that they would return to the top of the league if they were to follow up victory at the weekend with a win at home to Swansea City on Tuesday evening.
Wenger is still without a number of midfielders, with Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere all some way from a first team return though loan signing Kim Kallstrom could be included in the match-day squad for the first time after recovering from a back problem.
Arsenal’s other title rivals, Liverpool and Manchester City, will be hoping that the Blues slip up as they take on Cardiff City and Fulham respectively, while both also play in midweek.
Brendan Rodgers men, who currently sit in second place level on points with the Gunners, host Sunderland on Wednesday evening, twenty-four hours after City travel to neighbours Manchester United.