Chelsea vs Arsenal: Prediction and betting tips - Premier League preview, Pre-match press conference

Mesut Ozil of Arsenal and Jorginho of Chelsea during the Pre-season friendly International Champions Cup game between Arsenal and Chelsea at Aviva stadium on August 1, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (July 31, 2018 - Source: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images Europe)
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Stamford Bridge
Saturday 18th August

Welcome to the premier league Mauricio Sarri and Unai Emery, contrasting fortunes however for them both on opening day.

While it was an awesome experience for the Italian at Huddersfield, his wards blew the terriers away in fine fashion and are looking forward to a mind-blowing season; for Emery, it was a day of loads of lessons as the reigning champions taught his team how to close gaps and make smart decisions, something they suffered under the last manager’s tenure, 2-0 reverse and another huge game ahead against a robust side, what a challenge before the gunners.

Chelsea are a bit more organized at the moment, Willian is settled after the Manchester United and Barcelona rumours.

Alvaro Morata is not going anywhere and as it stands, they only have Europa League as distractions, for Arsenal, the focus is simple, get back on track, compete and find stability, fans will not be on that high spirit until results resonate with mindsets but Emery knows what to do, keep it simple!

Jorginho is the new hero, but Aubameyang has points to prove, his disallowed goal against Manchester City means nothing, things must start happening for him and the Gunners.

Verdict: Arsenal to win or draw

Team news

Maurizio Sarri could be starting his star player Eden Hazard after his impressive cameo at Huddersfield.

Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is ruled out with a weird injury causing him discomfort close to his knee.

Spain international Nacho Monreal is available for selection and may replace Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who is sidelined for at least six weeks after a fracture on his fibula.

Carl Jenkinson and Sead Kolasinac are still out.

Unai Emery confirmed that Petr Cech will keep his spot in the starting Line-up.

Pre-match press conference and videos



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