Two sides that are unbeaten so far in the Premier League this season face-off at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, as first meets fifth.
Chelsea have had an excellent start to their campaign, as they try to adapt to a less direct style of football. The signing of Eden Hazard, along with the form of Juan Mata, have helped Roberto Di Matteo’s side to four wins in their first five ties.
Arsenal will however prove Chelsea’s toughest task so far – Arsene Wenger’s side are also unbeaten, with three draws and two wins. They have also already had high profile tests away to Liverpool (2-0 win), and away to Manchester City (1-1).
John Terry, fresh from a guilty verdict from the Football Association for his part in a verbal altercation with QPR’s Anton Ferdinand, is set to start, despite being banned for four matches. His suspension will not come into place until the appeals process is completed.
Frank Lampard is hoping to recover from an ankle injury in time to feature, but Daniel Sturridge is less likely to make it as he works his way back from a hamstring injury.
Arsenal welcome back Emmanuel Frimpong in midfield, after he featured in midweek, and Thomas Vermaelen is also set to return after being out with illness.