Arsenal host Chelsea in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday as Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho look set to renew rivalries yet again after a six year hiatus.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Live coverage will be available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD
Arsene Wenger is faced with a major dilemma going into the match with an important fixture against Liverpool scheduled in the weekend. The Gunners have had to cope with a hectic schedule in the opening half of the season with the Premier League, the Champions League and the League Cup all accumulating on top of the other and Wenger needs to rotate his players to protect them from fatigue. With the Gunners playing Crystal Palace on Saturday, the Frenchman is likely to make a host of changes, with Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey all unlikely to feature in the game.
However, the Gunners are desperate for a trophy and the League Cup is their best chance this season to acquire some silverware and gain some confidence. With injuries to Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Mathieu Flamini the manager does not have too many players with experience to fall back on without allowing his best players some rest.
Chelsea, on the other hand come into the game on the back of a 2-1 win over Manchester City in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Mourinho's men have had two days to recover and the Portuguese manager is likely to field a completely different squad to the one which started against City. The Blues are currently second in the league table behind Arsenal and know that a win here will give them a major psychological advantage over their league rivals as they enter the business end of the season.
What the Managers Say
Arsene Wenger: "We haven't won the title for a few years and people question that now. At the end of the day, the Premier League will reflect the quality of the performances of the team throughout the season and how well you do in the big games. This is a good opportunity for us to show we are ready."
Jose Mourinho: "If they want a big game, we cannot give a big game. If they want the players that were playing against Manchester City, we cannot give them that. If they want us not to win a trophy, that's a help, because if they want a big game between two big teams in London they should put the game on Wednesday, not on Tuesday. I'm not going to give them that."
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L W D W
- Last Result: Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W W W
- Last Result: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City
Injured: Mathieu Flamini(calf), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain(knee), Lukas Podolski(hamstring), Theo Walcott(abdominal)
Suspended: Mikel Arteta
Probable Line-Up: Szczesny; Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Monreal; Wilshere, Rosicky, Hayden;Gnabry, Cazorla; Bendtner
Injured: Marco van Ginkel(knee)
Probable Line-Up: Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Essien; Willian, Mata,De Bruyne; Ba