Carlo Ancelotti claims Arsenal are "afraid" of Didier Drogba ahead of Chelsea's trip to the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.
Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas admitted this week his side go into games against the Barclays Premier League champions and Manchester United "scared of losing". And no player appears to give them the jitters more than Drogba, who has scored an incredible 13 times in 13 games against them.
Chelsea boss Ancelotti said: "I think they are a little bit afraid of the performance of Drogba, because he's done very well against them. If Drogba plays at his best, we'll have more opportunity to win."
Drogba showed signs of rediscovering top form in his last outing at Tottenham almost two weeks ago and Chelsea may need a repeat performance if they are to secure the win that would reignite their faltering title defence.
One win in their last seven league games, which has seen them slump from top to fourth, means they could find themselves six points behind leaders United when they take to the field on Monday.
"We don't want that gap to widen, so it's important to obtain an important result in this game," said Ancelotti.