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Super Sunday: Arsenal, Chelsea In Heavyweight Clash, Liverpool Battle Wolves AS City Tango Sheffield

Arsenal play host to Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as Mikel Arteta takes charge of his first game at the Emirates Stadium.

The Blues make the short trip across London holding a three-point advantage over the chasing pack in the race for fourth position.

After picking up a point from his first fixture in charge at Bournemouth,Arteta suggested that his new side had exceeded his expectations given their previous indifferent performances.

With the draw being the second stalemate in succession after holding Everton at Goodison Park, Arsenal head into the weekend sitting in 11th position in the table after recording just five wins from 19 matches.

Having successfully switched to a 3-4-3 formation against another of their London rivals, Lampard kept the same shape for the meeting with Southampton, only to witness his side put in another below-par outing at Stamford Bridge.

Although the Blues had their moments against the in-form Saints, they were ultimately outdone by two brilliant goals, and it leaves the club looking over the shoulder to a group of teams who continue to match their own form.

Sunday’s encounter represents the 199th competitive meeting between the two clubs, with Arsenal registering 77 wins in comparison to 67 victories for Chelsea.

Neither side have been able to put together successive triumphs in this fixture over normal time since Chelsea recorded 6-0 and 2-0 successes in 2014.

This will be the first contest between the teams since Chelsea recorded a 4-1 win in the Europa League final in May.

Having missed out at the weekend, Nicolas Pepe could be handed a starting role by Arteta as he looks to freshen up his starting lineup.

With Sokratis Papastathopoulos having suffered a head injury against Bournemouth, Calum Chambers is expected to return after serving his one-match ban.

Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi may get the nod in midfield ahead of Lucas Torreira, while Mesut Ozil could retain his spot in the team.

Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has also completed his one-match suspension, with the Croatian potentially being preferred to Jorginho.

Mount may come into the team in place of Hudson-Odoi, while Reece James is an option on the right side of defence if he is able to shake off an ankle problem.

 Meanwhile, Liverpool bring an unforgettable 2019 to a close on Sunday when they welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Anfield in their final match of the year.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side sit 13 points clear at the top of the table courtesy of their 4-0 thrashing of Leicester City on Boxing Day, with Wolves denying Manchester City the chance to close that gap with a 3-2 win over the champions 24 hours later.

Liverpool have won seven and lost just one of the last 10 league meetings between these two sides, including victories in each of the last five by an aggregate score of 12-1.

Wolves have found things particularly difficult at Anfield too, losing 15 of their last 17 top-flight visits to the stadium and failing to even score in 10 of the last 14.

Wolves had experienced FA Cup joy against the Reds recently, though, including a memorable victory at Anfield in 2017, but their last visit to the stadium ended in a 2-0 defeat in May.

 Also, Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from their fifth league defeat of the season when they host high-flying Sheffield United at the Etihad Stadium.

The champions surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday, leaving them still 14 points adrift of runaway leaders Liverpool.

The result means that Sunday’s opponents have lost fewer games over the first half of the campaign than Pep Guardiola‘s side, with Sheffield United heading into the weekend in seventh place.

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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