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ARSENAL VS CHELSEA

Published:Friday | April 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)

OSPINA, BELLERIN, GABRIEL, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL, COQUELIN, RAMSEY, OZIL, CAZORLA, SANCHEZ, GIROUD

CHELSEA (4-2-3-1)

DROGBA, OSCAR,

FABREGAS, HAZARD, RAMIRES, MATIC, AZPILICUETA, TERRY, CAHILL, IVANOVIC, COURTOIS

Arsenal, the FA Cup holders and finalists in this season's competition return to Barclays Premier League action when second meets first at the Emirates Stadium. Chelsea remain short favourites to win the league; they are 10 points clear of Arsenal and technically need three wins to secure the title.

However, they know that if they beat the Gunners they would be just one win short of title success.

Chelsea face another away game after this, at relegation-threatened Leicester City next Wednesday, where - if they have beaten Arsenal - they could secure a first title in five years and with four games remaining.

The Blues have set themselves up nicely after extending their unbeaten run to 12 games (winning nine and drawing three and taking 30 points from a possible 36).

That streak include four straight wins but they face an Arsenal side that has won its last nine games in all competitions, their best sequence of wins - including Saturdays' extra time FA Cup semi-final win over Reading - since they won 12 in a row between August and October 2007.

The club record is 14 straight wins, between September and November 1987; with seven games left to play, Arsenal could set a new record.

However, they need to beat Chelsea to maintain their run but the Blues have won their last five against the Gunners in the league. Arsenal last beat Chelsea in 2011 when they won 5-3 at Stamford Bridge.