It may only be mid-January, but there is already a sense that Saturday's showdown with Chelsea could be pivotal for our top-four hopes.
We trail the west Londoners by six points, and Unai Emery has admitted that were that to stretch to nine, our task of chasing them down would tip into the realms of implausibility.
But a victory over Maurizio Sarri's side would add fresh impetus to our Champions League push at a time when Manchester United have also roared back into contention.
Emery will certainly want a response after last weekend's defeat at the London Stadium, and has called on his squad to harness their "anger" against a side we have only beaten once in our last 14 Premier League meetings.
Read on for a comprehensive match preview, Emery's thoughts on the game, the latest team news, stats, and analysis of the opposition.
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