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Arsenal gun for weary Chelsea in London derby

sports Updated: Apr 21, 2012 02:49 IST

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who scored the only goal in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg victory over Barcelona, will miss his side’s trip to Arsenal on Saturday with a knee injury.

Sixth-placed Chelsea will also be without centre-back David Luiz, who injured his hamstring in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham Hotspur, and the suspended Branislav Ivanovic.

Chelsea want to avenge a 5-3 loss earlier this season to boost its chances of finishing fourth, clinching a spot in the playoffs for next season’s Champions League. Arsenal wants three points for pretty much the same reason -- to strengthen its grip on third place and automatic qualification for the Champions League.

Eight points clear

With fourth-placed Tottenham at Queens Park Rangers in another of Saturday’s seven matches, victory could put Arsenal eight points clear of Spurs with three games remaining. But Chelsea could move ahead of Tottenham and Newcastle into fourth if it wins and the pair immediately above it lose.

Leader Manchester United hosts Everton on Sunday, with its opponent winless in 19 visits to Old Trafford -- a run stretching back to the inaugural Premier League season.