Arsenal vs. Chelsea: Premier League – Match Preview

Chelsea will be looking to pile the pressure on Arsenal when the pair meet in Sunday’s London derby.

Arsenal were poor in the season opener, losing 2-0 away to newly promoted Brentford.

Sergio Canos opened the scoring, before Christian Norgaard doubled the lead, heading home from a long throw in.

Chelsea eased past Crystal Palace in their opener, winning 3-0 at Stamford Bridge despite not having many first team players available.

Marcos Alonso opened the scoring with a superb free-kick, with Christian Pulisic and Trevor Chalobah adding further goals.

Match history
Arsenal have a surprisingly good recent record against the Blues, winning both meetings last term, including a superb 3-1 win at the Emirates.

Emile Smith-Rowe scored the only goal at Stamford Bridge in the most recent meeting, seizing upon an error from Jorginho.

Last five Premier League meetings
Chelsea 0 Arsenal 1 – 12/05/21
Arsenal 3 Chelsea 1 – 26/12/20
Chelsea 2 Arsenal 2 – 21/01/20
Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2 – 29/12/19
Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0 – 19/01/19

Team news
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both missed the opening day defeat due to illness and could return.

Bukayo Saka will likely come into the XI here having impressed off the bench.

Romelu Lukaku is expected to make his second debut here and expected to start ahead of Timo Werner.

Ben Chilwell and Reece James could well continue on the bench, with neither returning following Euro 2020 involvement.

Expected starting XI’s
Arsenal (4-3-3): Leno; Chambers, White, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Lokonga; Saka, Smith-Rowe, Martinelli; Aubameyang

Chelsea (3-4-3): Mendy; Chalobah, Christensen, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Havertz, Lukaku, Mount


Result: Chelsea
Chelsea should ease the pain on Mikel Arteta and Arsenal here

Correct Score: 0-2
Chelsea have a superb defensive record under Thomas Tuchel and another clean sheet win is probable

Anytime Goalscorer: Kai Havertz
Havertz is expected to come back into the side and he ended the 2020-21 season really well


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