Before discussing the Arsenal vs Chelsea Match preview, let’s go back to the history of this rivalry. The Arsenal vs Chelsea match is also known as the North-West London Derby. This not-so heavyweight rivalry, during mid-19th century used to draw a huge crowd in the stadium. This rivalry had started to become popular from the start of 20th century when Chelsea made their permanent place in the Premier League and established themselves as a strong opponent. Eventually, this match has become the second-most hated derby in England and now they are the arch-rivals.
Interesting Facts About North-West London Derby
- The 1st match between these two teams was played in 1930.
- They have met 5 times in the final [ where Arsenal bagged 3 and Chelsea secured 2].
- Didier Drogba holds the record of scoring the highest number of goals with 13 in all competitions.
- 30 players have played both Arsenal and Chelsea including loan deals & transfers. [Arsenal –> Chelsea = 19 | Chelsea –> Arsenal = 11].
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Head-to-Head
Total number of Meetings: 201
Arsenal won: 77 [Biggest win 5-1]
Chelsea won: 65 [Biggest win 6-0]
All Competition: W–L-D-L–L
Premier League: L–L–L-D-L
All Competition: W-D-L–L–W
Premier League: D-W–L–L–W
Arsenal vs Chelsea Match Preview: Team News
Arsenal’s biggest doubt is about their captain Aubameyang, who has missed the last two matches due to a calf injury. He might be available on the matchday from the bench, depending upon the condition of the injury. Thomas Partey will also not be available due to thigh injury. Gabriel Martinelli is also a doubt after taking a blow on his shin in their last EFL cup game against Manchester City. Granit Xhaka will be available for the upcoming London Derby after serving a 3-match suspension. Bernardo Leno, Kieran Tierney, and Bukayo Saka are likely to return to the first XI.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka; Willian, Lacazette, Pepe.
Ben Chilwell and Reece James remain doubtful for the Blues ahead of the London Derby. On the other hand, Hakim Ziyech will be out due to a thigh problem. Azpilicueta and Emerson are expected to be in the starting lineup as the full-backs. Havertz might be again benched and Christian Pulisic might play alongside Timo Werner and Abraham.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Silva, Emerson; Mount, Jorginho, Kante; Werner, Abraham, Pulisic
Players To Watch
- Nicholas Pepe
- C. Pulisic
- M. Mount
Arsenal vs Chelsea Match Preview: Our Prediction
In the recent era, This derby isn’t just like any other match, but It remains a matter of prestige for both sides. The battle would continue till the final whistle. Therefore, It is quite tough to predict a London Derby, but keeping the recent form and squad strength in consideration, We can expect Chelsea to emerge victorious with 2-0 or an even more comfortable scoreline.
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