Arsenal vs Chelsea Preview
A tantalizing London derby takes place in the second week of matches of the new Premier League season, in which Arsenal and Chelsea meet at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners opened the new season with a sad 2-0 loss at Brentford last Friday, while Thomas Tuchel’s team managed a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Only now has it been confirmed that the ‘illnesses’ of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette last week were indeed COVID-19, as the two forwards were ruled out on the morning of Brentford’s match before Mikel Arteta’s team get a soccer lesson from the rookies.
Sergi Canos scored the first Premier League goal of the season and Brentford’s first in the competition in the 22nd minute, and as Arsenal’s futile attempts to return to the game were unsuccessful, Christian Norgaard made his way through. the defense of Arsenal. to propel the Bees to a historic victory.
Many believed that a campaign without European football would only benefit Arsenal domestically, but the Gunners, while exhausted from injury and illness, started the season in the way the Gooners feared after an equally sorry preseason period.
However, as disgruntled fans prepare to return to the Emirates, Arsenal can take comfort in the fact that they managed back-to-back victories in their last two home games last season, albeit against Brighton & Hove Albion and West. Bromwich Albion.
Having taken 22 shots without finding the back of the net against Brentford, the possible absences of Aubameyang and Lacazette feel good and true in the ranks of the Emirates and, worryingly, five of Arsenal’s last 10 opening games. at home, they ended in defeat.
While their London counterparts were being humiliated, Chelsea simply sailed to three points in a capital derby of their own, striking three unanswered times against Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace in front of the Stamford Bridge faithful.
Marcos Alonso’s free-kick represented a stellar way to open the Blues account for the new season, and the Blues would add to his account through the touch of Christian Pulisic and the long-distance effort of Trevoh Chalobah, a form of score your first goal for the European Champions.
Maintaining the momentum of their gripping but grueling victory over Villarreal in the Super Cup, Chelsea have already moved up to second place in the beginners’ standings, but the Champions League champs will undoubtedly have their eyes on snatching the crown from them. Manchester City hands.
Chelsea fans need not recall that their last away game last season ended in a 2-1 loss to Aston Villa, but they had witnessed their team win six and draw two of their previous eight on the road. before that and had not lost to Arsenal. a Sunday from the 2008-09 season.
However, Frank Lampard and Tuchel had no response to Arteta’s fluid Arsenal in the 2020-21 season as the Gunners kicked off their rebirth with a 3-1 Boxing Day win at the Emirates before Emile Smith Rowe capitalized on. Jorginho’s mistake at Stamford Bridge for a 1-0 win, though Chelsea prevailed 2-1 in the Mind Series earlier this month.