Bad news for Arsenal's Mesut Ozil before Chelsea

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While this group may not be regulars in the club's Premier League starting lineup, featuring against Europa League teams may help push them to challenge for spots in the more important games.

And for 42, 000 people - and millions more across our nation and the entire planet - that meant a hearty helping of Chelsea versus Arsenal, in one of the Premier League's most attractive fixtures.

"For this reason, I think it is a massive game for us".

Chelsea's much anticipated clash with Arsenal may have ended 0-0 but the meeting was not short of incident.

"As well, we realised what we delivered was not good enough overall, but I must say we are all human beings and when you play 50 or 55 games it can happen that there's a bad performance, unfortunately".

Arsenal have gone 13 years without winning the English title and last season failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years. He missed Arsenal's opening two games due to the lack of pre-season training, and then picked up a minor injury while on worldwide duty.

Arsene Wenger's side have come out on top in the last two outings between the clubs - the FA Cup final and the Community Shield last month - but knows this will be a different encounter altogether.

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Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal will be stronger in away games now that the transfer window is closed. "I like when the team shows that kind of response", he said.

In their last outing in the league, the Frenchman combined very well with Danny Welbeck, but fans and pundits alike are anxious to see how he can combine with Alexis Sanchez against an elite defence. "In recent years, we've struggled here, but we showed we're capable of competing against the best, we showed solidarity and that we can create chances against them".

"If we want to be close to the top of the table after two defeats then we have to win the big games and this is the first opportunity for us to do so".

"When you go for trophies, everyone gives 100 per cent". When you play at home, everyone expects you to win the games.

"Liverpool beat us really on the break and Chelsea will try to do the same on Sunday".

Of course both sides, while continuing to press for an opener, paradoxically looked far tighter at the back, denying the crucial moments of extra space and time both sides enjoyed more of in the first half.

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