Chelsea's Raul Meireles praises 'hungry' Fernando Torres' return to form

The former Porto player is anticipating a difficult clash against Arsenal on Saturday and has expressed his enjoyment at life in London following his move from Liverpool

Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles believes Blues striker Fernando Torres is rediscovering his best form and insists the 27-year-old is hungry to continue his impressive recent run of performances.

"It's good for him and good for the team to have him available," Meireles told the club's official website. "We have Fernando back and he is hungry to play football, he has been in good form and that has to be good for us."

The Portugal international is likely to feature in Chelsea’s fixture against Arsenal on Saturday, and although he is expecting a difficult clash at Stamford Bridge, the 28-year-old is confident that Torres can provide the spark that will help guide the Blues to a win.

"I think tomorrow will be a different type of game from the QPR one," he added. "It is a derby but it is different, there are two top teams playing who like to play good football and we prepared well. I think we are ready to play football and win the game in our stadium for our fans."

The former Liverpool player faced the Gunners last season and helped secure a win for the Reds, but believes Saturday’s opponents will prove a harder test this time around.

"I was a substitute and came into the game when it was 0-0, Luis Suarez and me, and we won 2-0," he recalled. "It was a very good win for us, for Liverpool, at the time, and we started the season well and Arsenal didn't, but now they are different and have some new players and are playing well. It is more difficult for us to play them at this time."

Speaking of how he is adjusting to life in England's capital, Meireles said he is enjoying the city so far.

"Life here is very good, it's great, I enjoy it a lot," he added. "London is a great city, I love living here, and Chelsea is a different club from Liverpool. They are both top teams but there are a lot of differences and I like it here."