[Capital One Cup]: Arsenal vs. Chelsea - Preview - 29th October 2013
Premier League title hopefuls Arsenal and Chelsea do battle in a heavyweight fourth round clash in the Capital One Cup.
The Gunners' wait for major silverware is well documented, with Arsene Wenger's men hoping to ensure their barren run ends after nine long years.
The League Cup has offered them the best chance of getting back on the trophy trail, with final defeats suffered in 2007 and 2011.
A route to Wembley had appeared to open up in front of them last season, only for Bradford City to claim the most notable of scalps during a fairytale run.
Chelsea overcame the Gunners back in 2007 to take the crown, but that was the last time they lifted this particular trophy.
The competition holds a special place in the heart of Blues boss Jose Mourinho, as it provided him with his first success in English football back in 2005.
Neither Wenger nor Mourinho will consider the League Cup to be a top priority this term, allowing them to shuffle their respective packs in midweek, but both would be happy to progress and maintain momentum.
Midfielder Mathieu Flamini misses the Emirates Stadium clash due to a groin injury.
Mikel Arteta is suspended following his sending-off in Saturday's win at Crystal Palace, but Jack Wilshere (ankle) is fit.
Serge Gnabry will be involved, if he can shake off an ankle knock ,along with Isaac Hayden and Ryo Miyaichi, but Theo Walcott (abdominal), Yaya Sanogo (back), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee) are all still out.
Mourinho will give his fringe players an opportunity in Chelsea's second match in three days.
The players who featured in Sunday's Premier League defeat of Manchester City will be rested, with a similar side selected to the one which won the previous round of the League Cup at Swindon.
World Cup winner Juan Mata, Brazil defender David Luiz, Senegal striker Demba Ba, Ghana midfielder Michael Essien and Belgium forward Kevin de Bruyne are among those set for an opportunity, along with Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.