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Chelsea vs Arsenal - Match preview

13 Sep 2017 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Chelsea FC

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W


12:30 GMT
17 September 2017

Arsenal FC

  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W

12:30 GMT 17 September 2017

The Premier League has returned after the first international break of the season and it’s like the action never left. After another brilliant weekend of top flight football, one of the biggest fixtures of the campaign takes place on Sunday as Arsenal make the short trip across London to face the current champions, Chelsea. With just four matchweeks in the league so far, Chelsea sit 3rd on nine points while Arsenal can’t even break into the top half, they are currently 11th on just six points.


  • Chelsea looked like they might struggle this season after a shocking 3-2 loss to Burnley on the opening day but with three wins in their last three, they are back fighting near the top of the table. They overcame Leicester City 2-1 in their last match and looked very comfortable despite just winning by just one goal.
  • It looks like it will be another long campaign for the Arsenal fans after winning two and losing two of their four games. They were battered by Liverpool before the international break and the 4-0 scoreline could have been even worse. However, they eased past Bournemouth in their last match and the 3-0 win should give them confidence going forward.
  • One player that has made an instant impact at Chelsea is Alvaro Morata, who has managed three goals and two assists in just four games. No player in the top flight has been directly involved in more goals this term.
  • Another new signing who is already scoring is Alexandre Lacazette for Arsenal. His two goals for the Gunners so far have shown that he is capable of performing in England.


Arsenal have struggled against Chelsea in the last few seasons with just four wins in the last 15 competitive fixtures between the sides. Chelsea have been dominant, winning nine in this period. It was Arsene Wenger’s who have won the last two matches with wins in the FA Cup Final and the Community Shield. There have only been three times in the last 13 games where both sides have scored.


Chelsea must pick up all three points in this one if they are to keep up with the two Manchester sides at the early stage of the season. They are in a great position to get the win as they only have one doubt going into the match. Danny Drinkwater missed the Champions League tie against Qarabag with a calf injury so he might miss out.

Latest matches: Chelsea FC

12.09.2017 UEFA Chelsea FC Qarabag FK 6:0 W
09.09.2017 Prem Leicester City Chelsea FC 1:2 W
27.08.2017 Prem Chelsea FC Everton FC 2:0 W
20.08.2017 Prem Tottenham Hotspur Chelsea FC 1:2 W
12.08.2017 Prem Chelsea FC Burnley FC 2:3 L


The pressure on Wenger at the Emirates is relentless and another loss in this London derby certainly won’t ease the weight on his shoulders. They are still without Santi Cazorla who has missed almost 12 months with a nasty foot injury. Francis Coquelin won’t feature for the Gunners due to a hamstring injury.

Latest matches: Arsenal FC

14.09.2017 UEFA Arsenal FC 1 FC Cologne 3:1 W
09.09.2017 Prem Arsenal FC Bournemouth AFC 3:0 W
27.08.2017 Prem Liverpool FC Arsenal FC 4:0 L
19.08.2017 Prem Stoke City Arsenal FC 1:0 L
11.08.2017 Prem Arsenal FC Leicester City 4:3 W


With a much stronger run of form going into the match as well as home advantage, Chelsea shouldn’t have too many problems picking up another three points against Arsenal. Wenger’s men might be on the receiving end of another hammering if they are not careful and aren’t expected to pose much of a threat to a Chelsea side which is almost back to its best.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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