Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Chelsea
Venue: Emirates Stadium – Saturday, September 24 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)
Match Odds: Arsenal 13/10 – Draw 5/2 – Chelsea 19/10
Arsenal seem to have got over their slow start in their opening two games and have now won three league games on the bounce.
The Gunners come into this one level on points with Chelsea, but are ahead in table on goal difference, they will be keen to continue their winning run here.
Arsenal advanced in the EFL Cup in midweek with a convincing win 4-0 win and they won 4-1 against Hull last weekend, so confidence is high among Arsene Wenger’s men.
Chelsea bounced back from their defeat against Liverpool last weekend with a 4-2 over Leicester in the EFL Cup in midweek.
It looked like Antonio Conte’s side were going to lose their second on the bounce before really turning on the style in midweek, with practically every attack coming through Cesc Fabregas.
Chelsea haven’t won in two in the league and, like Arsenal, are already five points off the top. This is a must win game for both sides.
The Blues haven’t lost in their last nine Premier League games against Arsenal and haven’t even conceded in the last six of those. This is going to be a tough tie and that run of clean sheets against their rivals looks likely to come to an end here considering how easily their defence has been breached this season.
Arsenal’s season is already being troubled by injuries, an all too familiar story for their fans. Olivier Giroud, Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey, Carl Jenkinson, and Gabriel Paulista are all expected to miss out here.
Chelsea are still expecting to be without Kurt Zouma, while there is still no word on a return date for captain John Terry.
Arsenal’s last five: L/D/W/W/W
Chelsea’s last five: W/W/W/D/L
Key Stat: Chelsea haven’t conceded a goal against Arsenal in the last six Premier League meetings between the sides.
Key Player: Diego Costa – The Chelsea forward has already bagged five goals this season. He has previous with Arsenal and isn’t popular among their fans. He is Chelsea’s best chance of coming away with all three points in this one.
Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea – Arsenal to bring their winless and goalless run against Chelsea to an end here. The Gunners are in fine form now, while Chelsea are still struggling defensively. Like the majority of games from this fixture down the years, we can expect action and controversy all the while Diego Costa is on the field.