Here's what to look forward to for Arsenal vs. Chelsea Boxing Day showdown
There's nothing quite like Boxing Day in the English Premier League. After you've wrapped up opening up presents and eaten some incredible food on Christmas night, you're able to wake up the next day on Dec. 26 knowing there's some incredible soccer on the way.
That's most certainly the case once again this year and there's no question the biggest game of the day is the London battle between Chelsea and Arsenal at the Emirates. So, what can fans look forward to for this one?
Arsenal and Chelsea to face off on Boxing Day at the Emirates
No matter what the circumstances are when these two teams meet, you know there's going to be massive bragging rights on the line. Plain and simple, these two clubs and the fanbases are massive rivals.
To add even more intrigue, the last time these two clubs met, there was an FA Cup championship on the line. Arsenal came away with a 2-1 victory, winning the title against the Blues.
In that win, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice for Arsenal, helping them come from behind after Christian Pulisic opened the scoring in the fifth minute to give Chelsea an early lead.
When they meet on Boxing Day, both teams will surely be in need of the three points to help their season keep progressing forward. Chelsea has hit a bit of a rough patch and is currently in seventh place of the EPL standings with 22 points. They've unfortunately suffered back-to-back losses to Everton and Wolves.
Meanwhile for Mikel Arteta and the Gunners, they're somehow fallen to 15th place of the EPL table. Arsenal lost to Burnley on Dec. 13 and then followed that up with a 1-1 draw with Southampton on Dec. 16. Arteta knows his team needs to get back on the right track and fast.
With the season really starting to heat up, the Boxing Day affair could have some big implications on Champions League qualification for next season. On the injury front, Chelsea supporters will hope to see Pulisic fit for action, as the American sensation continues to be bothered with his hamstring issues.
When Dec. 26 rolls around, both Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC supporters know a great game will be on the way regardless. Who will come out on top? We can't wait to find out!