DIDIER Drogba will be looking to continue his excellent goal-scoring record against Arsenal when Chelsea head to the Emirates on Monday evening.
The Ivorian has netted 13 times in 13 games against the Gunners, including five strikes in the last three meetings between the two sides.
And Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti believes that Arsene Wenger’s side are 'scared' at the prospect of facing the lethal striker.
“I think they are a little bit afraid of Drogba because he has done very well against them,” explained Ancelotti.
“ Drogba was one of the players who used the time off that we have had to improve his condition. He needed to work continuously, very hard - he did this and I think his malaria is now a memory."
Frank Lampard is expected to make his first start in Chelsea colours after four-months on the sidelines while Jose Bosingwa returns to action following two-weeks out with a hamstring problem.
Alex, Yossi Benayoun and Yuri Zhirkov remain absentees for the trip to North London which Ancelotti says is vital as the Blues attempt to chase down league leaders Manchester United.
He added: “Manchester United is playing very well because they didn’t lose a game this season. We don’t want the gap to increase so it is important we get a result in this game.
“The decisive moment will be when we start the Champions League again in February. Then we will have a clearer opinion about which team will be able to win the league.”
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