Chelsea have a mountain to climb

Last updated: September 14, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12:45pm
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLWLD
Away form: WWDWL
Last season: 2-0
Referee: Unknown
Competition: Premier League

Chelsea started their Premier League season poorly. The Premiership title holders look uncertain and they are delivering unconvincing performances. They have demonstrated this not only in the five official games, but also in the pre-season matches. The Londoners secured only one victory, which is surprising for Jose Mourinho’s team. Now the situation in the team is totally different from last season. Chelsea seems to be very weak and it looks easy for their opponents to outplay them.

Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas are not in good shape. Belgium’s international player has performed at the top level throughout the campaign. Fabregas last season started strongly, and then in December, his form dropped off. Both are currently far from their best. Without their strong performance Chelsea’s midfield is not the same.

Arsenal climbed to fourth place in The Premier League standings after beating, seamlessly, Stoke City at “The Emirates 2:0 “, registering their first home success from the beginning of the season. For The Gunners, Theo Walcott started as a striker and England’s international gave the advantage to the “Gunners” by scoring a goal in the 31st minute of the match. Then Olivier Giroud scored making it 2:0, securing the points for his team. So, Arsene Wenger,’s players will be in a confident mood for the visit to Stamford Bridge.

Team News

Arsene Wenger can’t include in his starting eleven Rosicky (knee injury), Wilshere (ankle injury) and Welbeck again (knee injury).

Theo Walcott proved he can play as a striker and can start again for Arsenal. Giroud is expected to start from the bench again.

Chelsea’s goalkeeper Courtois is injured and will be replaced by Asmir Begovic, who played in the last Chelsea’ match, when they lost 1-3 to Everton.

Jose Mourinho can’t rely on Oscar who is still suffering from an injury.

Quotes of the week

jose mourinho Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) : “One day I will leave Chelsea, and when I do I will continue living in London.”

Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) : “Walcott has an eye for the goal.”

Expected line-ups:

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Begovic, Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Pedro, Hazard, Willian, Diego Costa.
Subs Blackman, Falcao, Ruben, Kenedy, Baba, Remy, Obi Mikel.
Injured: Oscar, Courtois
Not available:
Arsenal (4-1-4-1): Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Coquelin, Cazorla, Sanchez, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott.
Subs Ospina, Gibbs, Chambers, Arteta, Debuchy, Campbell, Giroud
Injured: Rosicky, Wilshere, Welbeck
Not available:

Key Battle

diego costa Diego Costa this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assits MotM Yellows Reds
5 438 1 1,8 1 0 1 0
olivier giroud Olivier Giroud this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
3 (2) 289 2 3,6 0 0 0 0

So far this season

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Chelsea this season Arsenal this season
17 League Position 4
0 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 1 (2)
3-2 vs WBA Biggest win 2-0 vs Stoke
1 (0) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (0)
1 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (0)
0-3 to Manchester City Biggest Defeat 0-2 to West Ham
Azpilicueta (1), Costa (1), Pedro (1), Matic (1), Oscar (1), Falcao (1) Top scorer Giroud (2)
Costa (1), Hazard (1), Obi Mikel (1), Pedro (1) Assist Leader Oezil (2)
Y7, R2 Discipline Y5, R0
1 Failures to score 2
0 Clean Sheets 3
4 Both Teams to Score Games 1
5 Over 2.5 Games 1
0 Under 2.5 Games 4
  • These two teams have played each other 163 times. Resulting in 53 Chelsea victories, 48 draws and 62 Arsenal wins.
  • The last match between the sides ended with an Arsenal victory (1-0), when The Gunners won The Community Shield trophy.
  • All of the six Chelsea goals from the beginning of this season have been scored by different players. Arsenal’s top goal-scorer is Olivier Giroud with 2 goals.
  • From the start of the season Chelsea has played twice at home and the players have secured just one point (2-2 vs. Swansea) and lost once (1-2 to Crystal Palace).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
02.08.15 Community Shield Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea Oxlade-Chamberlain 24′
26.04.15 Premier League Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea
05.10.14 Premier League Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal Hazard (PG) 27′
22.03.14 Premier League Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal Eto’o 5′
23.12.13 Premier League Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea