Arsenal takes on Chelsea in a Premier League London rivalry on Sunday, with the Gunners already under pressure to win.
Despite the £50 million signing of Ben White, Mikel Arteta’s side had a difficult transfer window and stumbled into the new season with a 2-0 loss to newly promoted Brentford on the opening day.
The performance and result raised alarm bells, and Arsenal must soon improve if they are to improve on their eighth-place finish from last season.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are projected to be genuine title challengers this season, especially after re-signing Romelu Lukaku for £97.5 million.
Last Saturday, the Blues beat Crystal Palace 3-0, and Thomas Tuchel will be optimistic of a similar result in north London… but anything can happen in a derby.
Arsenal vs Chelsea is scheduled for a 4:30pm BST kick-off on Sunday, August 22, 2021.
The match will be played at the Emirates Stadium.
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Arteta is unsure whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will be ready this weekend after missing the trip to Brentford due to illness.
Eddie Nketiah would have been a good fit, but he’s out with an ankle injury, along with Thomas Partey (ankle) and Gabriel (knee).
Arteta may be tempted to pitch Gabriel Martinelli up top with Bukayo Saka coming on in the flank after Folarin Balogun struggled leading the line at Brentford.
Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea’s club-record signing, has proclaimed himself fit to face Arsenal, with the only issue remaining as to whether he will start or come off the bench in his second debut for the Blues.
N’Golo Kante is expected to return from an ankle injury, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been ruled out after testing positive for Covid-19, and Hakim Ziyech is recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in the Super Cup victory.
Trevoh Chalobah has had a strong start to the season, scoring a spectacular goal against Palace, and might start again tonight, though Tuchel may be tempted to recall Thiago Silva for his experience.
Arsenal vs Chelsea Head to head (h2h)
Arsenal wins: 80
Chelsea wins: 65
Arsenal won both League meetings last season, beating Chelsea 3-1 at home in December and leaving Stamford Bridge with a 1-0 victory in May.