Arsenal will play host to London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates this evening, as if you didn’t already know, and this is just the type of game that could get our season back on track.
Our side are blessed in the attacking department, something that today’s rivals are actively trying to secure this month. The Blues have no Morata today, and are actively trying to get a deal over the line to sign Gonzalo Higuain, a massive name like many other Chelsea flops over the years, and one who may actually arrive well out of form also.
He isn’t over the line yet, so I shouldn’t waste your time on him really, but it does highlight the fact that our opponents will be arriving without a centre-forward with any kind of form, with Olivier Giroud even likely to be left on the bench in favour of a front three consisting of Pedro, Willian and Hazard, or possibly even Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Unfortunately we don’t have a defence that is able to keep clean sheets either so you have to expect our opponents to get on the scoresheets (one PL clean sheet since the start of October), but it will be our attack that will have our derby rivals worried.
Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil is a trio that is full or creativity and goals, and one that will not be taken lightly by Chelsea, who will be concentrating on their defensive work ahead of the game. The former German international is expected to make his return from injury today, although whether he makes the starting line-up is yet to be announced.
Bellerin Mustafi Sokratis Maitland-Niles
Torreira Xhaka Guendouzi
Lacazette/Ozil Aubameyang Iwobi
I know Emery has been opting to field a back five lately but after some unflattering performances, I’m hoping he has seen the light and will opt to revert to a back four with the return of Bellerin this weekend for such an important match.
We remain undefeated at home in the Premier League since the opening day of the season, when Manchester City took advantage of Unai Emery’s breaking-in period, and I certainly don’t expect this Chelsea team to end that undefeated run.
Aubameyang is our top scorer for this season, keeping tabs with the guys at the top of the charts in the league, and he will be my pick to open the scoring today also.
Betting tips and odds (prices correct at time of posting)
There are certain to be lots of goals in this game. Arsenal to win and both teams to score is very well priced at 17/4 (5.25) with BetUK
Who scored all our goals? Get on Aubameyang to score first at 15/4 (4.75)
But I believe Arsenal are going to get bak on track today, and I can’t resist a small bet on Arsenal to win 3-1 at a great 24/1 (25.0)
What are your predictions for today’s match-up? Will the thrill of the derby fire us back into top gear?