Date: Saturday 21st October 2023
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 17:30 BST
Finally back to the Premier League after the an international break that hasn’t lessened our injuries going into this evening’s game against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.
We had a 4-1 win against Burnley before the break but given the damage done from a poor start to the season, we remained 11th in the table. Arsenal, meanwhile, took all 3 points against City before the break and a win could take them back to the top of the table tonight. They have yet to concede away from home this campaign and they’ve beaten us on their last 3 visits to Stamford Bridge. So you can see where I’m going with this.
Arsenal are unbeaten in the league so far this season, and it pains me to say it but I don’t see that changing today.
Going into today’s game, Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino, says “I prefer the tough fixtures. I think we need to win. We respect Arsenal, they’re a great team and you know very well that Mikel is part of my family. It’s going to be tough because they are doing a very good job. A very good squad, a very good team, they are playing so well – a contender for everything to win, not only the Premier League but the Champions League. It’s going to be tough, but also we are confident to do our best and play a very good game.”
Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, says “During a good run you want to continue but it is what it is. We had to use it in the right way. Obviously we have a lot of players on duty and now we connect everybody with the same mindset and go because we’re going to have a really difficult game against Chelsea. It’s a big game and we know that there is a big history between the two clubs and the type of games we have played against them. It’s a very different one I think. This season, I’ve been really impressed by Chelsea, they deserve much more than what they’ve got on the table. I think what Mauricio has done in such a short time is phenomenal and we’re going to have to be at our best tomorrow.”
For Chelsea, Wesley Fofana (knee), Christopher Nkunku (knee), Romeo Lavia (ankle), Ben Chilwell (Hamstring), Armando Broja (knee), Trevoh Chalobah (hamstring), and Carney Chukwuemeka (knee) are all injured. Axel Disasi (thigh) and Nicolas Jackson (wrist) withdrew from international duty, Benoit Badiashile (thigh), Marcus Bettinelli (knee), and Cole Palmer (thigh) are doubts and Reece James will be assessed, although Malo Gusto returns after a three-match ban.
For Arsenal, Bukayo Saka (hamstring) and Leandro Trossard (hamstring) and William Saliba (toe) pulled out of international duty but Jurrien Timber is the only confirmed absentee.
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Sanchez; Cucurella, Disasi, Silva, Colwill; Caicedo, Fernandez, Gallagher; Palmer, Jackson, Sterling
ARSENAL (Possible line-up): Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Partey; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli
Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal (6th November 2022)
CURRENT FORM (PL)
- Arsenal have won six of the last seven against us in all competitions.
- Chelsea are hoping to claim three consecutive league victories for the first time since a run of four from September to October last year.
- Chelsea have scored six goals in their last two top-flight games, one more than they managed in their opening six fixtures.
- Chelsea are also in danger of losing three successive Premier League home games for just the second time.
- Arsenal can become the first team to win their opening four away games in a top-flight season without conceding a goal.
- Arsenal are one of two teams unbeaten in this season’s Premier League.
- Arsenal are unbeaten in 15 Premier League London derbies.
Sportsmole: Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal