Chelsea host Arsenal at the Bridge in a London derby on Sunday 17th at 13:30
Arsene Wenger believe the shorter rest Arsenal would have prior to Sunday clash, compared to Chelsea’s will not affect the players performance.
In an interview with Arsenal.com, Wenger acknowledge the aerial prowess of Alvaro Morata and the danger he possess in crosses, this compared to Diego Costa who lurks behind defenders to cause havoc.
So, Arsenal will be facing a familial foe in Chelsea but with different type of danger upfront.
Arsenal will be relying on their key players to give good account of themselves. The likes of Ozil and Lacazette were rested for the game against Cologne and so are expected to be fresh for the Chelsea Clash.
Alexis Sanchez solo goal against Cologne, an indication of gradual return to his best following the transfer window saga and difficulties with the national team World Cup campaign will provide a boost to Wenger.
Kolasinac rapid adaptation to the team and Hector Bellerin return to his old self are some of the positive Wenger will be drawing upon.
ARSENE WENGER RECORD AGAINST CHELSEA
Arsene Wenger have played Chelsea 58 times, winning 22, loosing 21 and drawn 15 times.
The most recent game against Chelsea was the community shield game that saw Arsenal came from behind to snatch victory from Chelsea. both teams took care of business in their respective home games last year. Arsenal won 3-0 at the Emirate while Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Both teams won their respective last two games, Arsenal scored 6 and conceded 1 while Chelsea scored 8 and conceded 1.
BOTH TEAMS WILL FEATURE PLAYERS THAT CROSSED CARPET:
Arsenal’s Peter Cech had a highly successful career at Chelsea winning 15 trophies in all ( I Champions League, I Europa League, 4 Premier League, 4 FA Cups, 3 League Cup and 2 community shields before moving to Arsenal.
Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas was Arsenal’s captain before leaving for Barcelona, his boyhood club. Fabregas arrived Chelsea after been deemed surplus to requirement at Barcelona. He scored 35 Premier League goals at Arsenal, his highest tally came in 2009/2010 season with 15 goals.
Since arriving at Chelsea, Fabregas have scored 14 Premier League goals, a goal against Arsenal on Sunday will make a half century of Premier League goals for Fabregas.
Arsenal Olivier Giroud is looking to clinch his own milestone. He is currently on 99 goals in all competitions.
A goal against Chelsea for Olivier Giroud will make a century of goals for the French striker. He scored his 99th goal against Leicester city.
Arsenal won just one game against top 6 teams in the last 14 away outings, drawn 5 and lost 8. The only victory was in 2015 against Man City.
Arsenal have conceded in each of their last 12 visits to Stamford Bridge