Arsenal will look to keep alive their flickering hopes of qualifying for next year’s UEFA Champions League when they travel to Chelsea in the English Premier League on Tuesday night.
Chelsea hosts Arsenal as midweek fixtures get underway on Tuesday, with 10 points currently separating the two London clubs.
The Blues are fourth but lost 1-0 at Newcastle last time out, while Arsenal are down in ninth, having drawn their past two matches.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said: “It’s very, very important for us to win this game to fight for the top four.
“The game we played at home could have made a big difference and we were very close to it. Tomorrow we need to win.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out suspended again for Arsenal, while Mason Mount could drop out for the Blues.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was full of respect for the Gunners, despite their midtable status.
“What I know is that theyre a good team with players who can hurt you,” Lampard said.
“Think weve seen a bit of a change since Arteta came in with some of their performances.”
Manchester City will look to cut Liverpool’s lead at the summit to 13 points temporarily when they travel to seventh-placed Sheffield United, who drew with Arsenal on the weekend.
Elsewhere, struggling Bournemouth host Brighton with both sides desperate for a win, while 18th placed Aston Villa meet resurgent 17th placed Watford in another relegation scrap.
Midtable pair Everton and Newcastle do battle, while ninth-placed Crystal Palace entertain Southampton.