Terry aiming for Chelsea victory at the Emirates to take Chelsea top

Terry is sounding out a battle cry ahead of Chelsea's trip to Arsenal Photo: PA

John Terry is targeting a win at Arsenal to take Chelsea top of the Premier League at Christmas.

The Chelsea captain recognises there is still room for improvement for the Blues, who won 2-1 against Crystal Palace to cut the gap at the top of the table to leaders Arsenal to two points.

Consequently, Jose Mourinho's men travel to the Emirates Stadium on December 23 to play an Arsenal side beaten 6-3 by Manchester City, knowing a win would put them top of the pile heading into Christmas.

"We've got an opportunity to go away to Arsenal next week and go top of the league," Terry told Chelsea TV.

"They got a bit of a thumping, but they're a really good side and really good at home as well.

"It's going to be tough, but I think the motivation for us is to go there and beat them and go top of the league, which, just before Christmas, is a really good place to be."

Fernando Torres' opener was cancelled out by Marouane Chamakh before Ramires scored what proved to be the winner in the first half against Palace.

Chelsea had numerous chances to make life easier for themselves, but also might have conceded an equaliser, and Terry knows they are still to find their best form.

"We're clearly not firing on all cylinders at the moment," Terry said.

"I think we've got another gear to go, which is still encouraging, being the position we are at the minute.

"So we're not too disappointed, we just know as a group we can get better.

"It's not only us who have suffered defeats and draws against teams where you would expect us to win. Hopefully we can knock that out of our system sooner rather than later while other teams are still struggling.

"Manchester United are still struggling, Cardiff beat Man City, there's been all sorts of results that have been big upsets.

"It's important like (against Palace), even though you're grinding it out and it's difficult, you have to see those games out."