A rich history, many trophies and memorable moments have been shared over the last few years between Arsenal and Chelsea. The battle of London. The pride of London. Who will come out victorious?
Arsenal come into the game on the back of a very disappointing 1-0 defeat away to West Ham. Chelsea, on the other hand, beat Newcastle 2-1 at home last week and will be looking to get another win on Saturday at the Emirates.
After a brilliant start to the season, Arsenal now find themselves with a lack of hope and optimism. The West Ham result, following a 5-1 defeat to Liverpool, and a draw away at Brighton, along with losing to their North London rivals Spurs in the League Cup, means that many Arsenal fans are becoming increasingly restless and impatient.
This situation is not helped by the fact that the owner, Stan Kroenke, is not not putting any investment into the Arsenal team. This has severely limited their attempts to strengthen.
Stan’s not Arsenal’s desired man
Kroenke came out last week and stated that Arsenal can only afford to loan players during this window, which has halted the transfers of Yannick Carrasco and Denis Suarzez. It’s clear that the Gunners need to improve in defensive areas as well as on the wings, but a lack of funding means Arsenal will struggle for short-term improvement.
For Chelsea, the recent purchase of Chrisitan Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund and the imminent loan signing of Gonzalo Higuain has meant the future looks brighter for Sarri’s side.
6 points currently separates the two sides, with Chelsea in fourth place and Arsenal currently in 5th. Arsenal lost to Chelsea, 3-2 in August in what was the second game of the season. They were unfortunate to lose but missed chances came back to haunt the Gunners, and resulted in them leaving Stamford Bridge empty-handed.
The upcoming fixtures
After this game, Chelsea turn their attention back to the Carabao Cup and the 2nd leg against Tottenham. They will be trying to overturn a 1-0 deficit and have a very good chance.
This is because Harry Kane (definitely) and Sissoko (possibly) will be out injured for the game. Son Heung-min could potentially also miss this tie, due to his participation in the Asian Cup.
In addition, Tottenham’s midfield is very weak now as Moussa Dembele has completed his move to China for a steal of just £8 million.
For Arsenal, their next game is in the FA Cup on the 25th January with a home tie against Manchester United. They then face Cardiff at home where they will fully be expecting to gain all three points.
Will Mesut ‘No’-zil lead Arsenal to victory at the Emirates?
Mesut Ozil is still a doubt for this upcoming game. Everything surrounding him is still very unclear. Is his back injury real? Does he not want to play for the club anymore? Does Emery want to sell him?
All of these unanswered questions have caused animosity with the Arsenal fans. The fact that the highest paid player at the club, on £350K a week, hasn’t featured for over a month, and has had a very inconsistent season, is something which has definitely hindered Arsenal’s progress this season.
This game promises to be a very exciting, end-to-end game. This has indeed proven to be the case in previous meetings between the pair.
The pressure is mainly on Arsenal to win, but the 5:30 kick off on Saturday will cause a packed stadium. It looks like we will be witnessing a brilliant match, between two teams desperate for Champions League involvement!