There are tons of storylines heading into Chelsea home match against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Chelsea are coming off a tough loss to Queens Park Rangers, and centre back John Terry was accused of using a racial slur by Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand. Terry vehemently denied that he made the slur, and said it's a misunderstanding.
Meanwhile, the fans are revolting. Owner Roman Abramovich and his board failed to receive the 75-percent vote needed from shareholders as the Chelsea Pitch Owners company rejected a proposal to buy back the land upon which Stamford Bridge is built, which serves a precursor to move to a new stadium.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas will be without striker Didier Drogba, who has had his success against the Gunners in the past.
Arsenal have problems, too. Earlier this week, a shareholder called for the resignation of chairman Peter Hill-Wood and the return of David Dein, the former vice?chairman. Many in the crowd cheered the comments.
Then there's Robin van Persie. The Dutch forward has for a possible move to another club this summer. Even though van Persie has confirmed his dedication to the club, his contract is up in 2013, and there are questions as to whether management can re-sign him.
Manager Arsene Wenger continues to have an injury-plagued squad. The Gunners will be without Jack Wilshere, who is expected to be sidelined until February, and Bacary Sagna, who will likely be out until January. Defenders Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson are also unavailable.
A matchup to pay close attention to will be Chelsea defender David Luiz against van Persie. The Gunners' striker has been on a roll this season, and Chelsea know they need to prevent him from getting chances.
-- Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League home London derby matches, winning each of the last nine.
-- Arsenal's 3-1 win the last time the two sides met, at the Emirates in December 2010, was their first in six games against Chelsea.
-- The Blues have won 16 of their 19 games in all competitions against Arsenal
-- A loss for the Gunners will equal their worst stretch of road losses in the Premier League. (They currently have lost three losses in a row)
D: Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Cole
M: Mikel, Lampard, Meireles, Mata
F: Torres, Sturridge
D: Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Santos
M: Arteta, Song, Ramsey
F: Gervinho, Van Persie, Walcott