Mikel wary of Gunners
John Obi Mikel expects a tough game at Emirates Stadium despite Chelsea's recent dominance over Arsenal.
Last Updated: 27/12/10 4:37pm
John Obi Mikel is expecting a difficult game at Emirates Stadium on Monday evening despite Chelsea's recent dominance over Arsenal.
The Blues have been on a poor run of late but much of the pre-match hype has centred around the Gunners and whether they can finally beat one of their title rivals.
Arsene Wenger's men have a dismal record against both Chelsea and Manchester United over the past couple of seasons and Mikel recognises they will have a point to prove.
The Nigerian midfielder is nevertheless confident Chelsea can claim a sixth successive victory against Arsenal and stay in touch with current leaders United.
"Hopefully on Monday it will be the same again," the 23-year-old told the club's official website.
"We often play well against Arsenal and I hope we will do again, if we do I am sure we will get those three points.
"Arsenal is Arsenal, they are trying to put this thing right with the big games playing against the big four, but lately they keep failing.
"I think they're a very good team though, they're playing well now and have been getting results to stay in the race."
Chelsea will be fresh after last weekend's encounter against Manchester United was postponed due to safety concerns over the freezing conditions.
The prolonged break has allowed the players to prepare thoroughly for Arsenal, although Mikel admits it will still be difficult to contain Arsenal and one man in particular.
"I think if you talk about Arsenal right now you have to talk about Samir Nasri," said Mikel.
"He's their best player at the moment, the star in the team and is the one to watch.
"Jack Wilshere is a great young talent, and Alex Song has been there a long time and is impressing people too but I think the game that was called off will help us.
"We've had more time in training to get things right for this game, we know what we're doing and are working together as a team, improving our physical condition, receiving tactical advice, so by the time we start the game we will be really ready and know what we are going to do on the pitch."