Arsenal vs Chelsea preview: Gunners have to gift Arsene Wenger a win against Chelsea on his 20th anniversary at Arsenal helm
This is a memorable week for Arsene Wenger as he completed 20 years at the helm of Arsenal, and what could be a greater gift for him than winning against Chelsea at Emirates Stadium. Gunners didn’t find a way to beat the Blues in their last nine attempts and in last six they didn’t even score a single goal.
It’s a great time for Arsenal to show their class and prove their mettle against Stamford Bridge based club. Gunners are on winning run, and Blues have suffered a latest 2-1 lost against Liverpool at home, and before that Swansea made the life difficult for them playing a 2-2 draw.
It’s perfect time for Arsenal to make things even against a side who only added misery at Emirates in recent years. The winner will sit in top four as well with their 13 points, currently both sits on 4th and 5th with their 10 points, and to shorten their gap from league leaders, they need a win.
Coming into this fixture to celebrate 20th anniversary at Arsenal helm, Arsene Wenger has issues.First, he won’t like it to be ruined by the Blues who have been corner stone in Arsenal failures in recent years. Last time Arsenal notched a victory against the Blues was 2011/12 season Premier League match played on 29th October in which gunners registered a 5-3 victory.
Antonio Conte, the Chelsea incharge at the moment is not used to suffer consecutive defeats since he was at Juventus helm. Last time he faced consecutive match results lesser than winning was four consecutive draws at Juventus.
Both sides have injury worries, and selection dilemma to play their best playing XI. Arsene Wenger, who made eleven changes in his side playing against Nottingham Forest in EFL Cup 3rd round 4-1 win will put his best playing XI against Chelsea, whereas Conte will have a problem to solve his midfield dynamics after Cesc Fabregas prolific performance against Leicester City in EFL Cup 3rd round. Fabregas hasn’t started for Chelsea in the League in any fixture, and with his midweek performance, Conte will have to make room for him in playing XI.
Predicted lineups :
Arsenal line-up : Cech, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Bellerin, Monreal, Xhaka, Cazorla, Ozil, Iwobi, Chamberlain, Sanchez
Chelsea line-up : Courtois, Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Matic, Kante, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Costa
Result Prediction : Arsenal (1) – Chelsea (1) , result draw
I have to go for a draw, because Chelsea have an edge over Arsenal with their past records, and Arsenal can’t afford to lose to ruin their leader Arsene Wenger’s 20th anniversary at club helm.