Arsenal lost their last Premier League game 1-0 away to West Ham at the London Stadium. The result has put the Gunners under huge pressure and might have damaged their chances of qualification for the Champions League with Chelsea and Manchester United cruising to victories in their respective games against Newcastle United and Tottenham.
Last weekend’s results mean that Arsenal are six points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League table while only goal difference separates them from Manchester United in sixth.
Arsenal have lost three of their last six league games, and Gunners defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has called on his teammates to boost their top-four chances by beating Chelsea at the Emirates this weekend.
“If we want to be in the top four we have to work together,” he said.
“Chelsea is another game and we have to regroup — a lot — if we want to do something. It will be a difficult game but if we want to be up there, we have to win.
“We did not play well [against West Ham]. All the team was not like the last games. We have to work, we have to look at what our mistakes were and improve for the next games.”
However, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is aiming to beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and boost Chelsea’s top four quest as well as look further up the table.
He said: “It was an important win [against Newcastle]. Now we run away a bit from Arsenal and next week we are playing against them. It’s a derby and also a very important game for staying in the top four.
“We have to secure the top four as quickly as possible. If something different happens we can still be title contenders then why not, but if we have the chance to go ahead of Arsenal and also Man United we have to win our games.”