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Arsenal v Chelsea the recent games and injuries and our drop towards relegation

By Bulldog Drummond

The last ten games against Chelsea include a Cup Final, the Community Shield, two league cup games and the Europa League Final

Date Game Res
Score Competition
04 Feb 2017 Chelsea v Arsenal L 3-1 Premier League
27 May 2017 Arsenal v Chelsea W 2-1 FA Cup
06 Aug 2017 Arsenal v Chelsea W 1-1 Community Shield
17 Sep 2017 Chelsea v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
03 Jan 2018 Arsenal v Chelsea D 2-2 Premier League
10 Jan 2018 Chelsea v Arsenal D 0-0 League Cup
24 Jan 2018 Arsenal v Chelsea W 2-1 League Cup
18 Aug 2018 Chelsea v Arsenal L 3-2 Premier League
19 Jan 2019 Arsenal v Chelsea W 2-0 Premier League
29 May 2019 Chelsea v Arsenal L 4-1 Europa League

We have won four, they have won three and there were three draws.

If however we look just at the last ten League games we see this…

Date Game Res
Score Competition
05 Oct 2014 Chelsea v Arsenal L 2-0 Premier League
26 Apr 2015 Arsenal v Chelsea D 0-0 Premier League
19 Sep 2015 Chelsea v Arsenal L 2-0 Premier League
24 Jan 2016 Arsenal v Chelsea L 0-1 Premier League
24 Sep 2016 Arsenal v Chelsea W 3-0 Premier League
04 Feb 2017 Chelsea v Arsenal L 3-1 Premier League
17 Sep 2017 Chelsea v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
03 Jan 2018 Arsenal v Chelsea D 2-2 Premier League
18 Aug 2018 Chelsea v Arsenal L 3-2 Premier League
19 Jan 2019 Arsenal v Chelsea W 2-0 Premier League

Yes it really is true we have only beaten them twice in the League in the last ten games, lost five and drawn three.

So what do we have going for us?  Chelsea’s own poor form of late, I guess, and the fabled New Manager Bounce.

The big problem for Arsenal of course is that we have to start winning soon or else there will be talk of being pulled into a relegation dog fight.   The Wenger haters got their way and had our most successful manager of all time in terms of league position and win percentage removed.   Then they turned on Mr Emery and had our second most successful manager in terms of win percentage removed.

Thankfully I doubt that they could pull the same stunt a third time, at least not before the end of the season so I guess Mr Arteta has got a bit of time to get us away from the yawning chasm at the foot.

Here’s the table looking downwards…

Team P W D L F A GD
Pts
11 Arsenal 19 5 9 5 25 28 -3 24
12 Burnley 19 7 3 9 23 30 -7 24
13 Everton 19 6 4 9 21 29 -8 22
14 Southampton 19 6 3 10 23 37 -14 21
15 Brighton and Hove Albion 19 5 5 9 22 28 -6 20
16 AFC Bournemouth 19 5 5 9 20 26 -6 20
17 West Ham United 18 5 4 9 20 30 -10 19
18 Aston Villa 19 5 3 11 25 33 -8 18

We’re six points clear of the relegation spot and of course the good thing about teams near the bottom is they don’t win very often.

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The injury and suspension table (adapted from data on Physioroom) does offer a little encouragement at this point with Tierney out, but the rest either back for this match or coming back shortly.

Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return
Kieran Tierney Shoulder Injury Dislocated shoulder at West Ham. Has had surgery, rehabilitation for around three months. 14/03/2020
Hector Bellerin Thigh Injury Recovering from tight hamstring 29/12/2019
Calum Chambers Suspended 5 Yellow Cards 29/12/2019
Gabriel Martinelli Thigh Injury Tight left hamstring. Was assessed ahead Bournemouth. 29/12/2019
Dani Ceballos Thigh Injury Dec 14: “Aiming to return to full training next week.” 29/12/2019
Rob Holding Knee Injury Reported to be back in training 29/12/2019
Sead Kolasinac Ankle ligament Aiming to return to full training in January.” No Return Date
Sokratis Head/Face Injury Head Injury  BBC says out to the end of February No Return Date

And you never know, it could be a good game, if both teams continue to plough forward and stop worrying about their defensive abilities or otherwise.  We’ve only kept one clean sheet in the last 16 games, but are the highest scorers in the lower part of the league.  At the same time the only time Chelsea didn’t concede since November was in the game against Tottenham.

So at least we might get some goals.

 

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