Arsenal will face Chelsea on 3rd May Wednesday at Emirates Stadium. This turns out to be a feisty London derby action. Arsenal lost their last match against the defending champions Manchester City by a 4-1 score. In that game, De Bruyne scored a brace along with Stones and Haaland goals. The title race for Arsenal can be difficult as Man City has played one game less than the Gunners.
On the other hand, Chelsea have lost 2-0 to Brentford at Stamford Bridge. The bad form continues for Chelsea even if they are the biggest spenders this summer. Except for a 2-0 Premier League loss at Emirates Stadium in August 2021, Arsenal has won five of the previous six matches in all competitions. For the first time since 2003–2004, the Gunners may defeat Chelsea three times in a row. Also Read: Premier League: Manchester City climb to top, late drama at Anfield.
Arsenal has lost three of its last four league games (D3, L1). Under Mikel Arteta, they only had one lengthier top-flight losing run that lasted more than seven games, from November to December 2020. In comparison to only three of their first 19 games of the season, they have lost points in seven of their last 14 league games.
For the first time since May to August 1985, Arsenal might allow more than one goal in each of five straight league games.
Nine of the 11 London derbies Arteta’s team played this season ended in victories for them, with the other two ending in draws. The joint-most Premier League goals scored by a Brazilian player in a season was 15 by Gabriel Martinelli in 2022–23. In 2017–18, Roberto Firmino scored 15 goals for Liverpool.
Since Frank Lampard took over as manager again, Chelsea has lost each of its five league and cup games. Since a six-game losing streak from October to November 1993, this is their longest losing streak. Conor Gallagher’s deflected shot against Brighton was the only goal they had scored in their last seven games. Since Everton’s 3-0 home victory over Crystal Palace in the Premier League in October, Lampard has lost his last nine competitive games, going winless in those 15 games. Also Read: Sir Alex Ferguson “The Greatest Football Manager of All Time”.
The Blues have suffered 13 losses in their 32 league games this year. In a 20-team Premier League season, they have only ever lost more, 15 times, in 1997-98.
Since the rematch against his former team, Arsenal, on November 6, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not started a game for Chelsea.
Before Arsenal’s loss to Manchester City, manager Mikel Arteta predicted that William Saliba’s comeback from a back injury against Chelsea was unlikely. Due to knee issues, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Mohamed Elneny are still sidelined. Kai Havertz of Chelsea, who has also been dealing with a knee problem, may be ready on Tuesday. Marc Cucurella, Reece James, Mason Mount, and Armando Broja are all out with hamstring injuries, and Kalidou Koulibaly will have his condition evaluated. Also Read: Karim Benzema Religion and Nationality: Is Star Footballer Muslim or Christian?
Arsenal: Ramsdale; White, Holding, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Jesus
Chelsea: Kepa; Chalobah, Silva, Fofana, Chilwell; Fernandez, Kante, Gallagher; Felix, Havertz, Mudryk.
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