On Tuesday the Blues returned to winning ways after last weekend's loss at Manchester City and, following the 2-0 win over Marseille, thought immediately turned to Sunday's crunch Premier League showdown.
Chelsea left Arsenal battered and bruised both home and away on route to the Double last season, scoring five goals without replay in two games.
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And despite the Gunners' own weekend humbling at the hands of West Bromwich Albion, Malouda is convinced they will present a serious threat to Chelsea.
'It will not be easy because Arsenal is a big opponent, even better than last year,' the Frenchman said.
'For us it is important to try and start the game like we did against Marseille. We must impose a high energy rate and try to push them into making mistakes.'
Sunday's clash is the last before players join up with their international team-mates for another round of European Championship qualifiers.
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Malouda was handed the French captaincy during the previous international break and he is delighted to rejoin his team-mates with bragging rights following Tuesday's win against the French champions.
He said: 'Of course, I was up against a few team-mates from the France team against Marseille. If I wanted to have a quiet international week, it was better to win.'
France take on Romania and Luxembourg.
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