Unai Emery’s Arsenal must be ready for second tough outing against Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea
As a new manager, you never want to start your competitive games against the best teams. You always look for some good results against the minnows before facing the top teams, but Arsenal new boss Unai Emery has tough luck there. Emery’s era at Arsenal starts with 2-0 defeat against Premier League defending champion Manchester City and he must be ready for tough outing against FA Cup winner Chelsea.
Premier League 2018/19 season brought tough fixtures for Arsenal in the first two weeks. First, they face Pep Guardiola’s title winning team Manchester City and they’re completely outplayed, and now they’ll be facing FA Cup winner Chelsea. They couldn’t have asked for a tougher draw to start their campaign.
Premier League season starts little earlier than other competitive leagues and the players didn’t find themselves in good shape at that point of time. It is harsh on a team who gets the tougher draw and Arsenal had no luck there.
It will be good to see how Unai Emery’s Arsenal team cope up with this early challenge. They must get rid of defeat against Manchester City and start fresh against Chelsea.
It’s not only Arsenal who is starting fresh under Unai Emery as a new manager, Chelsea is also experiencing new kind of football under former Napoli’s boss Maurizio Sarri. They are even on paper as well with their lesser spending during summer to strengthen their team.
Arsenal didn’t make any big money move during the summer. Their new arrival includes Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Stephan Litchsteiner, Lucas Torreira, and Matteo Guendouzi. Chelsea also maintained a very sober transfer window except spending big on goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and defensive midfielder Jorginho.
Blues didn’t go for many players in the transfer window. Their only other acquisition is Huddersfield goalkeeper Robert Green in free transfer and a loan move for Real Madrid star Mateo Kovacic. However, Chelsea still leads Arsenal with 31 to 27 in terms of their squad strength.
It will be good to see what new both these managers bring in this London derby. Arsenal lead head-to-head battle with 62 victories, whereas Chelsea manages 51 victories. They have much work to do to catch the North Londoners.
Emery wouldn’t like to suffer second consecutive defeat to start his career as Arsenal boss, but Maurizio Sarri side would be confident to beat them at home after 3-0 victory against Huddersfield in their opening game. Their new signing Jorginho was sensational alongside N’Golo Kante in midfield and they’ll be looking forward to continue their good outing at home against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.