[video] ‘Always A Big Game’ – Di Matteo Ahead Of The Arsenal Tie

Roberto Di Matteo is likely to make several changes from the side that thrashed Wolves 6-0 in the Capital One cup in midweek, with Daniel Sturridge remaining the only doubt with a hamstring problem.

For Arsenal Emmanuel Frimpong could be involved after making his comeback from a knee injury in midweek, but this match is unlikely to herald the return of Jack Wilshire.

Wenger believes that it is important not to lose against the Premier League’s elite, “If we do well at home against the strong teams, it will of course have a big impact on our chances in the league.”

The Arsenal chief also reckons that the Chelsea encounter will give him a good indicator as to how serious his side are about challenging for the title, “I believe in our potential, but we have to show we are capable to deal with all kinds of problems that consistency demands.”

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