Giroud reveals Arsenal players happy under Emery

Giroud reveals Arsenal players happy under Emery

Javier Howell
January 19, 2019

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admits Arsenal are a very risky opponent and considers them one of the best teams in the Premier League in the attacking phase.

Higuain will not arrive in time to help Chelsea against Arsenal on Saturday, in a match that could have a significant impact on the race for a top-four finish.

He was fit and available for last weekend's defeat to West Ham but manager Unai Emery made a decision to leave him at home - for tactical reasons.

Although Ozil is available to face Chelsea, Arsenal will still be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck. "This match for us is a risk, and an opportunity", he said.

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"So the match will be really very hard and, for us, will be really very important". He said, "They are really a good team".

They go into the game as favourites as Unai Emery's side have won only one of their last four games in the Premier League.

Giroud has started just two of Chelsea's last eight Premier League matches, with Sarri increasingly deploying Eden Hazard as a false No. 9 over both him and Alvaro Morata, who has struggled to live up to expectations since joining for £58 million from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017. They changed in the last seven or eight matches. "I'm not sure they're better than before [yet], but one thing for sure is they've got a nice future". The Chelsea boss his side will have to defend at a high level of attention.

Asked whether Ozil would feature this weekend, Emery said on Thursday: 'He has injuries, where sometimes he is okay, sometimes not okay. With Chelsea scoring less goals than Arsenal, Sarri will have to be good in defensive and attacking department as well.