Arsenal will take a short bus trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Jose Mourinho’s men and although the Arsenal squad are fully aware that the encounter wont be a pleasant one, they are hopeful of picking out a decent result as they seek revenge following last term’s 6-0 humiliation.
Now Arsenal number goalie – Wojciech Szczesny says keeping Diego Costa quiet will be absolutely vital to Arsenal’s hopes of beating Chelsea on Sunday.
The Spanish striker only arrived in the summer but he has already netted eight times in six Premier League games so far this season.
Szczesny is a keen admirer of the forward, and says Chelsea as a whole will pose a major test for Arsène Wenger’s side.
“Costa is incredible,” the goalkeeper told Arsenal Player.
“His partnership with Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard has been incredible and, at the moment, he’s looking as dangerous as any striker in the world.
“We’ve got huge respect for him and we know how dangerous he is. I think he’s scored in most games so it’ll be a tough test.
“At the moment [Chelsea] are as good as you will get in Europe. They score goals and they’ve always defended very well so it’ll be a very tough test but it’s one that we’re looking forward to.
“Hopefully we can leave last season’s result behind us and show that we can get the result against them.”
Also Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says the Arsenal squad are determined to “make a statement” when they face Chelsea on Sunday.
Arsenal were beaten 6-0 in Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game as manager of the club at Stamford Bridge in March.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has dark memories of the match and is targeting an altogether better experience this weekend.
“It was a horrendous day,” he told Arsenal Player.
“You would like to say it was one that you forget and don’t remember, but I’m sure it’s one that I’m going to remember for the rest of my life.”
“It was funny because I was always saying that I’d never played at Stamford Bridge. I’d been waiting a few years to play there. It definitely didn’t pan out the way I would have liked it to.”
“It’s a great stadium and it’s another great fixture. It’s one that we’ll really be looking forward to. Chelsea are the league leaders at the moment and one of the favourites to win the title this season.
“They are big competition to us so we’ll be looking to go there and make a statement early on in the season. I definitely believe we can.”
Kieran Gibbs was mistakenly sent off by Andre Marriner at Stamford Bridge last season after Oxlade-Chamberlain had handled on the line. The Arsenal pair nominated the referee to take the Ice Bucket Challenge recently.
“Yeah he did it, fair play to him!” added Oxlade-Chamberlain.
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