A finger licking good fixture is on our hand as both the giants will try to make their first big statement in EPL.
Crisis, what crisis? A 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv was exactly what the doctor ordered for Chelsea, and perhaps the fact that their opposition was not up to much at all didn’t really matter. They needed a boost in confidence and they got it. They will surely have their tails up in this derby. Chelsea have a number of injury concerns ahead of Saturday, with Jose Mourinho ruling out Willian after he was forced off with a hamstring problem against Maccabi. Pedro (thigh) and Thibaut Courtois (knee) are also out, while Radamel Falcao (also knee) is a doubt.
Arsenal’s situation is at the very least equally complex, and the encouraging signs shown in last weekend’s win over a Stoke team. But they dismantled themselves against Dinamo Zagreb in the mid week. Arsenal are still without Jack Wilshere (leg), Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck (both knee), but Theo Walcott will be vying for a starting spot up-front after scoring as a substitute against Dinamo. Per Mertesacker could also return to action, having begun training again after being sidelined through illness.
Facts and figures
- The Gunners have won 7 and lost 0 of their last 8 Premier League away matches.
- Eden Hazard has scored in the Blues’ last 2 Premier League clashes with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, with both goals coming in the first half from the penalty spot.
- The Czech Cech has not been beaten in his last 3 league outings
- Chelsea have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 5matches in the Premier League.Defeat to Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger in particular, would cap a terrible start to the season for Jose Mourinho. The reigning Premier League champions cannot afford to lose any more ground on Manchester City and will be desperate to overcome their London rivals.
So, lets see what the game unfolds for us and what will be the colour of London? Blue or Red?