Let’s be honest, Gooners, and admit that not many people out there who have been watching what goes on in the early stages of the new season is giving Arsenal much of a chance of coming away from our Premier League match this weekend with all three points.
The varying form and results of Arsenal and our next opponents Chelsea are the reason for that, despite the fact that the last five meetings between the teams have seen Arsenal win three, including two games at Wembley which have been for a trophy, with one of the Chelsea wins being in a meaningless pre-season friendly in which the Arsenal team was not only jet lagged but made up of youngsters and fringe players.
You cannot blame people for expecting the Gunners to get rolled over at Stamford Bridge but that lower expectation on the shoulders of the Arsenal players might just help us to get the job done. Our best performances in recent years have often come in games we were not fancied for, and conversely some of the worst have been in games we were expected to win at a canter.
Add to this the fact that we do have this good record in recent clashes with Chelsea, and it might just be worth sticking a pound or two on a surprise win for the Arsenal this weekend.