|It's a game both sides seek to win for different reasons. Who are you rooting for on Sunday at the Stamford Bridge Stadium? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
This fixture is everything you can think of. Arsenal wins, they go thirteen points clear of the Blues and a win for Chelsea automatically blows the whole thing wide open again, interesting stuff.
Chelsea rallied to beat Dinamo Zagreb in midweek to confirm their position as group winners in the champions league while Arsenal had to hold off FC Zurich to claim top spot in their Europa League group as well, identical right?
Chelsea’s league form took a big hit last weekend as they lost away at Brighton. It was a borefest for the traveling fans as they witnessed the implosion of their team inside the opening hour and the 4-1 score line may even be flattering.
Arsenal on the other hand welcomed bottom club Nottingham Forest to the Emirates and tore them apart. The Gunners went from the despair of losing Bukayo Saka early in the first half to seeing the magic of Reis Nelson who grabbed a brace.
With City winning on Saturday through a late penalty by you know who, Arsenal must beat Chelsea or lose the top spot for the first time since game week three. On current form, it’s a little tricky but most pundits would give it to the Gunners.
How will they line up? Is this the Pierre Emerick Aubameyang derby? The former Arsenal striker has said so much in the media in the past week and many would expect him to turn up big against his former side; while the Gabonese maintain there’s nothing personal, he wouldn’t escape boos from the other side.
Chelsea will go three at the back but they will sorely miss Reece James and Ben Chilwell. Jorginho and Matteo Kovacic will be the men in the middle and there will also be a place for Ruben Loftus Cheek. It’s up to Graham Potter to decide between Connor Gallagher and Mason Mount.
Arsenal will most likely come out as they were last weekend but with Alex Zinchenko back in contention and Tomiyasu limping out on Thursday, the Ukrainian could start ahead of Kieran Tierney but the front three will return.
Arsenal beat Chelsea home and away last season and have been the better side in recent fixtures including preseason; it would excite the neutrals but the duo of Potter and Mikel Arteta would feel the heat on the touchline.