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Match Preview And Predicted Lineup: Arsenal vs Chelsea, As Conte Prepares For First London Derby

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It’s another gameweek in the reckoning but certainly not an ordinary one as two English juggernauts cross paths once again and this fixture have produced some unanticipated matches in the past, football quality of the very highest level and an added flavor to it. With Jose Mourinho departing Chelsea last season and with his well known feud with Arsene Wenger may well bring down the fierceness of this match but with Conte taking over at Chelsea we have highest degree of competitive level on showcase here on Saturday.

Both teams have had a decent start to the 2016/17 campaign but no Champions League for Chelsea may well be a blessing in disguise for a club that is looking to regain some confidence lost during last season’s blunder, albeit they are a team that can outplay the best ones on their day. Arsenal is riding high after 3 consecutive wins in the Premier League and they look set to break the jinx against Chelsea having never beaten them in League for a while now, this fixture also falls in week of Wenger celebrating 20th year in charge of the gunners. Chelsea were rocked hard in their last match against Liverpool and they’ll be wanting to improve that on the other hand Arsenal handed a drubbing to Hull City which certainly would have helped in amassing a huge amount of confidence ahead of the London derby.

Arsenal will be vary of ‘Costa’ threat with the striker protagonist in the 2-0 defeat inflicted last season when two players were sent off for the Gunners, his ability to get behind the defence and be at crucial positions will be instrumental and Wenger must come up with a plan this time having much quicker Shokdran Mustafi in the ranks instead of his fellow countrymen Per Mertesacker. Cesc Fabregas rescued Chelsea earlier in the Capital One cup with brace to his name and he will be keen in crawling up his name in the good books of Conte.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on October 4, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Chelsea have been guilty in past season of conceding too many goals and their back four have looked vulnerable as ever with Branislav Ivanovic being complacent along with others. The likes of Lucas Perez if he may play and Theo Walcott could create problems for the Chelsea defence and with Alexis Sanchez regaining form of some sort in recent matches may prove handy, Wenger should understand that Alexis is not a natural striker and is better off running with the ball from flanks.

Team News :

Arsene Wenger made 11 changes to the Arsenal side in their 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest and he is likely to call all his regular starters for this match comprising of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielney, Petr Cech. Olivier Giroud faces a late fitness test but word out is that he’ll make an appearance on Saturday night and Aaron Ramsey sits out due to his prolonged hamstring issue.
Antonio Conte will be relieved to have John Terry back in the squad and the blues are expected to play a 4-2-3-1 line up with Cesc Fabregas in a more attacking role with the new recruit David Luiz expected to start again against the Gunners.

Stats :

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• Arsenal have had 4 players sent off in their last 5 premier league meetings with Chelsea and have been given more red card against the Blues than versus any other opponents (7).
• Arsenal are winless in their last 8 games where Michael Oliver was referee, while Chelsea are unbeaten in 13 with Oliver officiating.
• The Gunners are winless in 5 London derbies in the league played at home and they are looking to record 4 successive wins for the first time in the League since October 2015.
• Conte hasn’t gone 3 league games without a win since a run of four draws with Juventus in March 2012. Indeed he’s not lost consecutive league games since December 2009 while at Atlanta.
• Arsenal have failed to score in their last six Premier League games against Chelsea- their joint highest such run in the competition against Liverpool.
• This will be Arsene Wenger’s 55th meting against Chelsea as Arsenal manager in all competitions – he’s only faced Manchester United more with 56 meetings between them.

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It’s another gameweek in the reckoning but certainly not an ordinary one as two English juggernauts cross paths once again and this fixture have produced some unanticipated matches in the past, football quality of the very highest level and an added flavor to it. With Jose Mourinho departing Chelsea last season and with his well known feud with Arsene Wenger may well bring down the fierceness of this match but with Conte taking over at Chelsea we have highest degree of competitive level on showcase here on Saturday.

Both teams have had a decent start to the 2016/17 campaign but no Champions League for Chelsea may well be a blessing in disguise for a club that is looking to regain some confidence lost during last season’s blunder, albeit they are a team that can outplay the best ones on their day. Arsenal is riding high after 3 consecutive wins in the Premier League and they look set to break the jinx against Chelsea having never beaten them in League for a while now, this fixture also falls in week of Wenger celebrating 20th year in charge of the gunners. Chelsea were rocked hard in their last match against Liverpool and they’ll be wanting to improve that on the other hand Arsenal handed a drubbing to Hull City which certainly would have helped in amassing a huge amount of confidence ahead of the London derby.

Arsenal will be vary of ‘Costa’ threat with the striker protagonist in the 2-0 defeat inflicted last season when two players were sent off for the Gunners, his ability to get behind the defence and be at crucial positions will be instrumental and Wenger must come up with a plan this time having much quicker Shokdran Mustafi in the ranks instead of his fellow countrymen Per Mertesacker. Cesc Fabregas rescued Chelsea earlier in the Capital One cup with brace to his name and he will be keen in crawling up his name in the good books of Conte.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on October 4, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Chelsea have been guilty in past season of conceding too many goals and their back four have looked vulnerable as ever with Branislav Ivanovic being complacent along with others. The likes of Lucas Perez if he may play and Theo Walcott could create problems for the Chelsea defence and with Alexis Sanchez regaining form of some sort in recent matches may prove handy, Wenger should understand that Alexis is not a natural striker and is better off running with the ball from flanks.

Team News :

Arsene Wenger made 11 changes to the Arsenal side in their 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest and he is likely to call all his regular starters for this match comprising of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielney, Petr Cech. Olivier Giroud faces a late fitness test but word out is that he’ll make an appearance on Saturday night and Aaron Ramsey sits out due to his prolonged hamstring issue.
Antonio Conte will be relieved to have John Terry back in the squad and the blues are expected to play a 4-2-3-1 line up with Cesc Fabregas in a more attacking role with the new recruit David Luiz expected to start again against the Gunners.

Stats :

• Arsenal have had 4 players sent off in their last 5 premier league meetings with Chelsea and have been given more red card against the Blues than versus any other opponents (7).
• Arsenal are winless in their last 8 games where Michael Oliver was referee, while Chelsea are unbeaten in 13 with Oliver officiating.
• The Gunners are winless in 5 London derbies in the league played at home and they are looking to record 4 successive wins for the first time in the League since October 2015.
• Conte hasn’t gone 3 league games without a win since a run of four draws with Juventus in March 2012. Indeed he’s not lost consecutive league games since December 2009 while at Atlanta.
• Arsenal have failed to score in their last six Premier League games against Chelsea- their joint highest such run in the competition against Liverpool.
• This will be Arsene Wenger’s 55th meting against Chelsea as Arsenal manager in all competitions – he’s only faced Manchester United more with 56 meetings between them.

ars     chel

It’s another gameweek in the reckoning but certainly not an ordinary one as two English juggernauts cross paths once again and this fixture have produced some unanticipated matches in the past, football quality of the very highest level and an added flavor to it. With Jose Mourinho departing Chelsea last season and with his well known feud with Arsene Wenger may well bring down the fierceness of this match but with Conte taking over at Chelsea we have highest degree of competitive level on showcase here on Saturday.

Both teams have had a decent start to the 2016/17 campaign but no Champions League for Chelsea may well be a blessing in disguise for a club that is looking to regain some confidence lost during last season’s blunder, albeit they are a team that can outplay the best ones on their day. Arsenal is riding high after 3 consecutive wins in the Premier League and they look set to break the jinx against Chelsea having never beaten them in League for a while now, this fixture also falls in week of Wenger celebrating 20th year in charge of the gunners. Chelsea were rocked hard in their last match against Liverpool and they’ll be wanting to improve that on the other hand Arsenal handed a drubbing to Hull City which certainly would have helped in amassing a huge amount of confidence ahead of the London derby.

Arsenal will be vary of ‘Costa’ threat with the striker protagonist in the 2-0 defeat inflicted last season when two players were sent off for the Gunners, his ability to get behind the defence and be at crucial positions will be instrumental and Wenger must come up with a plan this time having much quicker Shokdran Mustafi in the ranks instead of his fellow countrymen Per Mertesacker. Cesc Fabregas rescued Chelsea earlier in the Capital One cup with brace to his name and he will be keen in crawling up his name in the good books of Conte.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on October 4, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Chelsea have been guilty in past season of conceding too many goals and their back four have looked vulnerable as ever with Branislav Ivanovic being complacent along with others. The likes of Lucas Perez if he may play and Theo Walcott could create problems for the Chelsea defence and with Alexis Sanchez regaining form of some sort in recent matches may prove handy, Wenger should understand that Alexis is not a natural striker and is better off running with the ball from flanks.

Team News :

Arsene Wenger made 11 changes to the Arsenal side in their 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest and he is likely to call all his regular starters for this match comprising of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielney, Petr Cech. Olivier Giroud faces a late fitness test but word out is that he’ll make an appearance on Saturday night and Aaron Ramsey sits out due to his prolonged hamstring issue.
Antonio Conte will be relieved to have John Terry back in the squad and the blues are expected to play a 4-2-3-1 line up with Cesc Fabregas in a more attacking role with the new recruit David Luiz expected to start again against the Gunners.

Stats :

• Arsenal have had 4 players sent off in their last 5 premier league meetings with Chelsea and have been given more red card against the Blues than versus any other opponents (7).
• Arsenal are winless in their last 8 games where Michael Oliver was referee, while Chelsea are unbeaten in 13 with Oliver officiating.
• The Gunners are winless in 5 London derbies in the league played at home and they are looking to record 4 successive wins for the first time in the League since October 2015.
• Conte hasn’t gone 3 league games without a win since a run of four draws with Juventus in March 2012. Indeed he’s not lost consecutive league games since December 2009 while at Atlanta.
• Arsenal have failed to score in their last six Premier League games against Chelsea- their joint highest such run in the competition against Liverpool.
• This will be Arsene Wenger’s 55th meting against Chelsea as Arsenal manager in all competitions – he’s only faced Manchester United more with 56 meetings between them.

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