EPL 2012-13: Chelsea vs Arsenal Preview

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EPL: Chelsea vs Arsenal Preview
London, Jan 20: Rafa Benitez is yet to win over Chelsea fans after a disappointing home record at the Bridge and now face an Arsenal side who are struggling with inconsistency.

Chelsea have failed to win in any of their last three home games after giving away a two-goal lead against Southampton on Wednesday. Benitez received a hostile reception from fans after surrending two points against the Saints.

Arsenal came back from a 2-0 defeat to champions Manchester City to send Swansea City out of the FA Cup, claiming their first win in 2013.

Gunners fans will be pleased with the club after securing a new deal for Theo Walcott while Arsene Wenger hinted at spending big in the remainder of the transfer window.

The last time these two sides met at Stamford Bridge, Robin van Persie netted a hat-trick to help Arsenal win 5-3. However, Chelsea have lost only four of their last 22 meetings with Arsenal.

Wenger will be without midfielder Mikel Arteta suffering from a calf injury while defender Laurent Koscielny is available after serving a one-match ban.

Chelsea skipper John Terry could make his first start since November while left-back Ashley Cole has agreed a new contract with the club.

Trivia:

*Chelsea have won five and lost only one of their last seven league fixtures, scoring 20 goals.

*Under Rafa Benitez, Chelsea have registered only one win at Stamford Bridge.

*Arsenal have the lowest points after 21 games under Arsene wenger.

Probable Lineups:

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech-Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole-Luiz, Lampard-Hazard, Mata, Ramires-Ba.

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny-Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaeln, Gibbs-Diaby, Wilshere-Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski-Walcott.

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