On paper, tonights Caraboa Cup game against Doncaster Rovers looks like a piece of cake for even a second-string Arsenal side, especially with players like Jack Wilshere, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott in the team.
Arsenal vs Doncaster Preview by Jon
A disciplined performance against Chelsea on Sunday gave many Arsenal fans optimism moving forward. Wenger’s men mark themselves as the only side to prevent Conte’s Chelsea from scoring at home since his arrival in April 2016. More importantly, Arsenal finally succeeded in stopping the rot against their London rivals at the Bridge after five successive defeats.
Arsenal are preparing for the visit of lowly Doncaster Rovers in the Caraboa Cup tomorrow night, and it should be an easy win with Donny just one point above the League One relegation zone with just one win in their first 8 games. But a Cup game is a Cup game and as we know, anything can happen.
Arsenal’s second-string side got past Cologne in the Europa League last week, and if anything this Caraboa Cup game at home to Doncaster should be even easier. Cologne may have lost their opening four games in the Bundesliga, but Doncaster are two tiers below us in League One and have won just one game out of their opening eight League games. They did manage to beat Hull City in the last round of this competition but since then they have gone six games without a win. So surely Arsenal can field a much weaker team than even played last week.
Paul Merson has claimed that Danny Welbeck has to start against Chelsea, as he is the only Arsenal player ‘that causes them problems’.
The England international has started in our last two encounters with the Blues, in which we came away with wins in the FA Cup final and Community Shield, and Merson believes he is key in hurting today’s opponents.
Nowadays the Chelsea v Arsenal derby is just as important as the North London derby against Spurs in most Gooners’ eyes, and the fact is that our League record against the Blues has not been very inspiring in recent years, especially at Stamford Bridge where we have lost on our last 5 visits and haven’t won since 2011.
Stat Attack by Russell Cane
Ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Chelsea this weekend, our friends at Oulala.com compared how both new strikers, Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette, have begun life in the Premier League.
Morata and Lacazette are now four games into their Premier League careers as Chelsea and Arsenal come head-to-head at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
That may sound a bit flippant, considering that Arsenal’s record against Chelsea in the League has been abysmal with just one win in our last 11 matches, but as the ex-Blue Petr Cech says, we need to remember our much better recent record in other games. “We have to draw a line under what happened and move forward,” he told Sky Sports.