How Arsenal can beat Chelsea by AH
This Saturday Arsenal welcomes Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal are unbeaten so far this season, whilst the European Champions are also impressing during their games, as Chelsea lead the Premier League table.
Arsenal VS Chelsea is usually a thrilling encounter with end to end action. Last season’s game at the Emirates ended 0-0 in a rather disappointing match but both teams played defensive and overall I think both teams were happy with the draw. However all Arsenal fans will remember how the game at Stamford Bridge went last season. The game was tight and it came right down to the wire, with the game ending 5-3 to Arsenal. Arsenal will be hoping to go out and play the same style of football, but this time without conceding the goals.
So how can Arsenal beat Chelsea this weekend. Both sides have strengthened in the summer transfer window, with Chelsea adding Eden Hazard, Oscar and Marko Marin to their first team, whilst Arsenal have added the additions of Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud. Both sides will look to use their summer signings to the match, in which will be Chelsea’s biggest test of the season so far.
Arsenal will have to be strong in defence, against a tricky front three of Hazard, Torres and Mata. If Arsenal can hold these players back like we have done to other teams in recent weeks, whilst also dominating the midfield battle, then we can quickly tire the Chelsea team out, with many of them playing in their 6-0 win over Wolves in the Capital One Cup in midweek.
I expect Arsenal to line up as follows;
Jenkinson Koscielny Vermaelen Gibbs
Gervinho Giroud Podolski
Mertesacker will be the most likely to be included instead of either Koscielny or the returning Vermaelen. He has been magnificent so far this season and it’s not easy to drop him from the team, but I feel that we need two fast centre backs that can deal with a fast and tricky front three of Hazard, Torres and Mata. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mertesacker in the team and I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Theo Walcott, despite playing the full 90 minutes vs Coventry. Walcott always has a good game vs Chelsea and I would expect Wenger to continue that run.
My prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea