The Gunners are without a Premier League victory in the last seven games, and three points against the bitter rivals would at least help the fans forgetting the recent slump. Enjoy reading our Arsenal vs Chelsea Preview.
Arsenal Recent Form & Team News
Arsenal are without a win in seven Premier League matches (D2, L5), and are in 15th place with miserable 14 points. It means that they won just a point per round, and if they continue in that way, the Gunners will be on-course for a meager 38-point tally. That has been enough for survival in 80% of the previous PL seasons (1995-2020), but if they lose on Saturday, that will drop to 35. A 35-point season was sufficient in only 48% of those 25 campaigns.
Arsenal found themselves in the bottom half for a second Christmas in a row. Last year, they lost this Boxing Day fixture to Chelsea – Mikel Arteta’s very first home game in charge. They went down 2-1 to a quick brace in the final ten minutes, though each of their six Premier League H2H duels at Emirates before this one saw the halftime/full-time results match.
Player to watch: Willian faces his former team – his previous goalscoring London derby saw him score two goals but end up losing!
Mikel Arteta will be without Mesut Ozil (coach’s decision) and Thomas Partey (thigh). Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (calf) and Martinelli (shin) are questionable to play.
Chelsea Recent Form & Team News
Chelsea have a chance to complete a streak of successive Premier League victories at Emirates for the first time since 2009. They led at halftime in nine of their last 12 league wins on the road in the prelude to this encounter. Despite that, the Blues have scored 75% of their league away goals in the second 45 minutes this season.
Prior to Roman Abramovich’s takeover of Chelsea in 2003, their loss rate in league visits to Arsenal’s ground stood at 72.73%. That includes a 2-1 Boxing Day loss in 2001. That negative rate wend down to 35.29% since the start of 2003/04.
Player to watch: Tammy Abraham bagged a brace vs West Ham (Dec 21), and the deciding strike in last season’s H2H clash at Emirates. Each of his six Premier League goals vs London teams came in wins that produced over 1.5 total goals.
Hot stat: Against all London rivals, Chelsea won 134 (a 51.74% majority) of their 259 derbies in the Premier League.
Frank Lampard cannot count on Hakim Ziyech (thigh), while Ben Chilwell (ankle) and Reece James (knee) are questionable.
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Arsenal vs Chelsea Confirmed Lineups
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