By Bulldog Drummond
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We know that Chelsea have a few injury problems, with Mateo Kovacic, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell all out.
Alexandre Lacazette has or had covid, although if Arsenal want him back the club could always invoke the Liverpool Protocol and claim that the test result was a false positive.
In terms of the match facts we won 1-0 away last May as part of a very jolly run to finish off the season which took in five games…
|2 May 2021||Newcastle United v Arsenal||W||0-2|
|9 May 2021||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||3-1|
|12 May 2021||Chelsea v Arsenal||W||0-1|
|19 May 2021||Crystal Palace v Arsenal||W||1-3|
|23 May 2021||Arsenal v Brighton and Hove Albion||W||2-0|
We could do with a run like that now! But that win against Chelsea was our first win in nine at Stamford Bridge. Although given recent results Chelsea find themselves in the position of possibly losing three consecutive home matches for the first time since November 1993. The final game in that sequence was a 2-0 defeat by Arsenal…
Indeed that whole run looks rather jolly from our point of view…
|16 Oct 1993||Chelsea v Norwich City||L||1-2||Premier League|
|23 Oct 1993||Aston Villa v Chelsea||L||1-0||Premier League|
|26 Oct 1993||Manchester City v Chelsea||L||1-0||League Cup|
|30 Oct 1993||Chelsea v Oldham Athletic||L||0-1||Premier League|
|6 Nov 1993||Leeds United v Chelsea||L||4-1||Premier League|
|20 Nov 1993||Chelsea v Arsenal||L||0-2||Premier League|
|22 Nov 1993||Chelsea v Manchester City||D||0-0||Premier League|
|27 Nov 1993||Sheffield United v Chelsea||L||1-0||Premier League|
|5 Dec 1993||Blackburn Rovers v Chelsea||L||2-0||Premier League|
|11 Dec 1993||Chelsea v Ipswich Town||D||1-1||Premier League|
|27 Dec 1993||Southampton v Chelsea||L||3-1||Premier League|
Ah those were the days. The only thing that reminds us now of such jolly old times is the fact that Thiago Silva, if he plays, will become the oldest outfield player to play for Chelsea in the Premier League having reached the age of 37 years and 210 days.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are still waiting to be the third club to record 250 Premier League away wins, following on from Manchester United and, would you believe, Chelsea.
But the thing to look out for is the fact that when we concede first we normally lose (eight out of nine times that is). However here is a positive from the BBC. “Bukayo Saka is the only English player to have registered at least 50 shots and created a minimum of 50 chances in the top flight in 2021-22.
So what about a team?
The funny ol’ Evening Standard won’t tell us a team prediction for Arsenal although they do for Chelsea, and they do tell us the Head to Head may be abbreviated to h2h. I’m sure we wanted to know.
The Independent does give us a team however and suggests…
Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tavares;
Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe;
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