Arsenal certainly turned heads with their impressive victory over reigning English and European champions Manchester City just before the international break.
This Saturday, they’re in for another stern examination as they make the short trip across London to square up against a resurgent Chelsea team.
While the Gunners narrowly missed out to City last campaign, their recent performance, punctuated by Gabriel Martinelli’s late fortuitous goal, showed they had what it took to go toe-to-toe with the champions.
Earlier in the season, anyone would’ve fancied their chances against a faltering Chelsea, but now, it seems Mauricio Pochettino is finally getting the best out of his lavishly put-together squad. Consecutive disappointing losses at home to Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa seemed to be forgotten after a morale-boosting Carabao Cup victory against Brighton. Since then, they’ve showcased their skills with commendable wins against local rivals Fulham and a four-goal romp at Burnley.
Yet, facing an Arsenal team that’s infused with a newfound resilience this season will be a unique challenge. In a testament to their solidity, the Gunners have emerged victorious in all three of their away league matches this season, without letting in a single goal.
Odds – Arsenal, in their current form, are the favourites with odds of 7/5. Chelsea are being offered at 5/2 by bet365.
Recent Clashes Last season saw Arsenal outperform Chelsea twice, including a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge. That makes it three consecutive wins for the North London side. They’ve also managed to avoid defeat on their last four outings to the Bridge. However, Chelsea fans would be quick to recall their resounding 4-1 thrashing of Arsenal in the 2019 Europa League Final.
Players Raheem Sterling has been a shining light for Chelsea this season, reminding everyone of his class with a goal in their 4-1 demolition of Burnley. Those fancying Sterling to find the net again can get odds of 3/1 with bet365.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal’s recent match-winner against City, will be buzzing after netting his maiden goal this season. Those backing him to score again can get odds of 10/3, once more with bet365.