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Sports News of Saturday, 19 January 2019


LIVE UPDATES: Arsenal vs Chelsea

Hello good evening and welcome to our live coverage of Arsenal vs Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium. It's a big, big game for the hosts, who cannot afford to lose if they are to keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive.

Can Unai Emery's men provide a much-needed boost for a frustrated fanbase?
Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea currently sit fourth in the table and lead both Unai Emery's Arsenal and Manchester United by six points - a healthy gap, but one which could disappear within a week.

A defeat for Arsenal would be a hammer-blow to their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via the domestic route, while a win for Chelsea would keep alive their faint hopes of mounting a late title challenge if the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City slip up.

In the other sub-plot, Former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud returns to the Emirates for the first time since his departure this time last year and says he is looking forward to being back.

“People understand why I had to move,” he explained. “It was not my choice but it was a great opportunity for me to show my determination to carry on playing in the Premier League, especially for a big club like Chelsea.

Game kicks off at 5:30pm GMT. Stay with us for all the updates.