Coming back from the Christmas break, Arsenal Women will have to hit the ground running as they go straight into a Champions League-place decider against local rivals, Chelsea.

Joe Montemurro faces a hard task inhis second game in charge with a win needed against arguably the best team in England at the moment.

1The opposition

Emma Hayes speaks at the Leaders Sport Performance Summit 2017 Day One
Emma Hayes speaks at the Leaders Sport Performance Summit 2017 Day One (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Leaders)

Chelsea Ladies are well-known to us as we play them often in the cups as well as in the league.

They have so many former Gunners, including their current manager Emma Hayes who has recently announced that she is pregnant. Congratulations Emma.

The former Gunners at Chelsea are club captain Katie Chapman, defender and vice captain Gilly Flaherty, midfielder Jade Bailey, playmaker Karen Carney, winger Gemma Davison, goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer and the newly signed Anita Asante.

They have a strong 22-player squad having added two new players during the winter window in Jonna Anderson and Anita Asante.

Chelsea play in a 3-4-2-1 system with the key players being Lindhal in goal, Bright at centre-back, Mjelde and Chapman the two central midfielders, Kirby in the withdrawn striker role and Bachmann as the lone striker.

As with all Emma Hayes’ teams, they play possession-based attacking football.

Chelsea have a very balanced team with a mix of Scandinavian steel in defensive positions.

Their creative and speedy forwards are technically strong while their midfielders are really good on the ball and can open up any defence

Chelsea dropped two points away to Reading in the league, conceding a last gasp goal that helped Arsenal to get back in the Champions League race but they still unbeaten.

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