Atkinson to referee Chelsea vs Arsenal

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The 45-year-old has been confirmed as the official for this weekend's titanic London derby between the two top-placed teams in the Premier League

Martin Atkinson has been confirmed as the referee for Chelsea's upcoming London derby with Arsenal.

Atkinson took charge of the Gunners' 2-1 loss to Manchester City earlier this season - his last Arsenal encounter - and was also the man in the middle for Chelsea's 2-0 defeat by Tottenham at White Hart Lane.#

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This weekend's encounter will be the second between Chelsea and Arsenal this season, with the latter having triumphed 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium in September.

That was one of only three defeats Chelsea have suffered this term, with the Blues currently eight points clear of Arsene Wenger's side at the top of the table.

Before Saturday's showdown, Arsenal face Watford and Chelsea take on Liverpool on Tuesday.