Premier League – Matchpack: Chelsea bring back Drogba
Midfielder Frank Lampard will miss out with a groin problem. Didier Drogba is back after being suspended for the midweek Champions League game against Marseille. Chelsea are also without injured striker Salomon Kalou (thigh) and midfielder Yossi Benayoun (calf).
Arsenal will be without captain Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) while England Under-21 full-back Kieran Gibbs (calf) is also sidelined. Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow) remains doubtful, meaning Lukasz Fabianski is again set to deputise after impressing in the midweek Champions League victory at Partizan Belgrade, while midfielder Abou Diaby returns to the squad after an ankle problem. Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles), Nicklas Bendtner (groin), Aaron Ramsey (leg), Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie (both ankle) are still absent.
Didier Drogba has scored 12 goals in his last 10 appearances in all competitions against Arsenal.
The Gunners have only been able to win two of their last 17 matches against Chelsea.
Arsenal have won more times away at Chelsea (6) than any other team in the Premier League era.
Nicolas Anelka has scored seven goals in his last 11 Premier League starts against Arsenal.
Arsenal’s recent record against Chelsea and Manchester United since their win at Stamford Bridge in November 2008: P9 W0 D1 L8 F5 A20.
Chelsea have fired in more shots on target than any other team (47), ahead of Arsenal with the second-highest tally of 41.
Both goals Chelsea have conceded have been from shots from outside the box.
Mike Dean has awarded five penalties in the last seven games that he has taken charge of a Chelsea match in the Premier League.
Andrey Arshavin has created 3.33 goalscoring chances per game in the Premier League this season, more than any other player in the league.
Michael Essien has averaged 95 touches per game this season, more than any other top-flight player.