23-year-old star: How Arsenal are beating Chelsea on Saturday
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has called for Arsenal to maintain their discipline in the Premier League showdown against Chelsea this weekend.
The Gunners will face the blues for the first time since the 1-0 defeat at the Emirates stadium in January which saw Per Mertesacker sent off.
That was the third time an Arsenal player had received a red card in this fixture in the last two years and Oxlade-Chamberlain insists avoiding another sending off could help secure a rare win over Chelsea.
“It’d be nice to keep 11 men on the pitch against Chelsea this time round,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal Player.
“I know it sounds funny but generally speaking in the last few games against them, it’s always a big clash with a lot of emotions and maybe some mind games.
“First and foremost, it’s a massive game and we just need to keep our discipline and stay in the game. I’d back this team to be able to beat anyone in the league on our day.
“It’s going to be a big occasion but we can’t get too caught up in it, we just need to go out and play our game.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain was indeed the last Arsenal player to score a goal against Chelsea after his brilliant winner in last year’s Community Shield.