Arsenal have won four out of their last five Premier League games against Chelsea, which is as many wins as they had in their previous 23 matches against the same team, where they drew six times and lost 13 games.
Last season, Chelsea won this exact fixture with a score of 2-0. The only time Chelsea won consecutive visits to Arsenal in the Premier League was in May and November 2009.
Arsenal are aiming to achieve a rare feat of winning three consecutive Premier League games against Chelsea, something they have not done since February 2004.
If they manage to do so, it will be their second league double against Chelsea in the last three seasons, which they had not achieved since the 2003-04 campaign.
Arsenal have a good record against Chelsea when playing midweek games (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) in the Premier League.
They have never lost to Chelsea in such games, winning four and drawing six. The last time they played a midweek game against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium was in January 2018, where the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
Arsenal has kept only three clean sheets in their Premier League games this season, which is the second-lowest in the league after Southampton.
However, they have scored in all their 16 home games so far this season, except for one game against Newcastle in January, where they drew 0-0.
Since Frank Lampard’s return to the club, Chelsea has lost all five matches in all competitions, which is their worst losing run since a six-game run in October/November 1993.
They have lost a total of 19 games this season, their most significant number of losses in a single campaign since 1987-88.
Since Thomas Tuchel’s departure, Chelsea has lost 11 of their 26 Premier League matches (W7 D8), which is as many losses as they had in their 63 games under Tuchel between January 2021 and September 2022 (W35 D17 L11).
Leandro Trossard scored against Chelsea in Brighton’s 4-1 win in October this season, becoming only the third player to score against Chelsea with two different clubs in the same Premier League campaign.
The other two players were Gary Speed in 1997-98 (Everton and Newcastle) and Dean Windass in 2000-01 (Bradford and Middlesbrough).
Mikel Arteta’s first defeat as Arsenal manager was against Chelsea in his first home game in charge. Since then, he has won five of his seven meetings with Chelsea in all competitions, though three of those wins were at Stamford Bridge.
Bukayo Saka has been involved in 16 goals in his 16 Premier League home games this season for Arsenal, scoring nine and providing seven assists.
He has scored and assisted in three different games at the Emirates this season, a feat that only Alexis Sánchez had achieved more times in a single season.