Arsenal, the visitors, are in the midst of a malaise that is coinciding with a bright new era at Chelsea under an exciting manager in Antonio Conte who keeps his side moving forward as their rivals go backwards.
Mesut Ozil has yet to extend a contract that expires next summer, while Alexis Sanchez pushed hard to leave the club before the close of the recent transfer window .
Chelsea have their own unhappy players, of course, with Diego Costa remaining a headache for those around Stamford Bridge but the difference to the Sanchez situation is that Conte, unlike Wenger, no longer wants his unsettled striker.
Arsenal do, at least, arrive at the Bridge on the back of a morale-boosting win over Koln in the Europa League in midweek but that positivity will quickly vanish if Wenger's men lose to Chelsea.
Chelsea have added over £70 million's worth of talent to complement the skill and industry of Cesc Fabregas and N'Golo Kante, the Premier League's most creative midfielder and the reigning PFA Player of the Season, respectively.
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