The last time Arsenal faced the current English Premier League champions we won convincingly and that FA cup trophy success made both Arsene Wenger and the club record holders in the famous old football tournament. Some people have suggested, however, that Chelsea were a little bit in cruise control after their title win and most expected them to be better in that Wembley showpiece final.
They were certainly expected to be one of the teams to beat in the league next season, if not the stand out favourites, but the summer is not going so well for them so far and according to a report in The Mirror their Italian coach Antonio Conte is really not happy, with the latest reports of his prime striker transfer target Romelu Lukaku said to be ready to sign for Manchester United.
Some might say that Conte only has himself to blame after all the Diego Costa tweet saga and him making it crystal clear that the Spanish international is surplus to requirememts, but it has been one negative story after another coming from Stamford Bridge of late.
Boo hoo! The most important thing for me is that Arsenal are in pole position to take advantage of all this turmoil across London and with Arsene Wenger getting some good transfer business done in good time we could well be. Also, we are set to play Chelsea in the first competitive game of the new season, the Community Shield, and that could inflict further pain on them.
Even more important for us could be the fact that we also play them in the league pretty early, on September 17th, and so getting a good start to the season while they argue amongst themselves could really give the Gunners a big boost in our hunt for the title don’t you think?