Arsenal set to get their first 3 points of the season as they take on Sarri’s men at Stamford Bridge on August 18th (saturday) at (10:00 IST ). After a disappointing start of the season for Unai Emery, he would want to fix things and get back on winning ways as soon as possible. Emery already has pressure from the fans. They definitely lacked finishing and intensity in the attacking unit as they barely troubled City’s defense in the league opener, something that the former PSG Manager will like to change.
The changes fans would like to see would be :
• Dropping Xhaka to the Bench :
Xhaka didn’t live up to the expectations as he got some of his passes intercepted by the City players and his positioning wasn’t great either. He didn’t do much of his defensive duties either. The 19 year old French men Guendouzi looked more confident on the ball than Xhaka. Fans would expect Guendouzi to keep his place in the team.
• Starting Lacazette as a center forward :
Arsenal team looked more polished after Lacazette Came on as a substitute. He took a shot which nearly went in as soon as he came on and had few more shots after he came on. As Aubameyang gets himself stated that,
“We look for each other, we saw it [on Sunday] against City when he came on. I don’t mind playing on the left if Laca is in the centre. We both want to do our best for the team.”. Would be exciting to see them play together.
• Giving Leno the ice breaker :
As Leno, the summer signing is yet to make his debut for Arsenal who moved from Bayer Leverkusen for £22 million. Fans would be excited to see how their new signing performs. Although Čech had a decent game against City. He made few errors. Like giving away a corner when ball was played back to him from defense.
• Start Torriera :
As Xhaka hasn’t lived up to the expectations
It’s time to give the two signings a chance to see if they would gel with each other. Torriera did well after he came on. He almost got himself an assist too before the flag was raised for offside. It would be a joy to watch him and Guendouzi start as both of them proved their worth to be in the starting 11.
• Monreal back in the starting line up :
As Ainsley Maitland-Niles limped off the field. It was a major set back for Arsenal as he was the third choice left back for Arsenal and seeing him go off the field with an injury got all the Arsenal fans worried but to see Monreal back training got smiles in their faces again, as the Gunners definitely missed Monreal’s presence against Manchester City. Hope to see him set things right for Arsenal.
● What do Unai Emery have to say before the match?
Unai Emery has revealed that Cech would start. “Am very happy with his performance”, Emery said. “He has experience, he has quality, he has the capacity.
“Also, with Bernd Leno [it’s the same]. They are two goalkeepers who are important for us.
“They have different qualities but for us in the way we want to play, they can both play ”
He added to that by saying, “We wanted to start [in front of] our supporters, against a great team like Manchester City, but the difficulty on the pitch was big.”
The first game give us more information for things to improve.
“We need to continue in our way, to make this difference in the next match and in the future.
“For me it’s most important the players know positive things we did, and also the things we need to improve
● Team News :
Chelsea will continue to build on their win as they probably would line up the same way as they did against Huddersfield.
Arsenal have an injury boost as Monreal is back fit and has been training and even Welbeck is back training. Sead Kolasinac is still out injured would still take 6-8 weeks and that would be the same with Carl Jenkinson. Laurent Koscielny is expected to be back training around November. Joel Campbell career looks to have a come to an end and won’t be part of the match against Chelsea as he is in Italy to finalise his move to Frosinone Calcio.
● Thrilled to watch the game? Here are few of the details
Date : 18th August 2018
Venue : StanStam Bridge
TV broadcast : BT Sport 1 , BT Sport 4K UHD, Star sports select and Star sports select HD
Stream links : hotstar , Modbro, Ronaldo 7
● Probable line ups :
As the hosts looked in good shape in their first game as they beat Huddersfield 3-0 their line up would be same.
Chelsea Predicted XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Antoni Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcus Alonso, Jorginho, Ross Barkley, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Pedro, Morata
Arsenal Predicated XI : Cech , Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi , Monreal , Guendouzi , Torriera , Ozil, Ramsey, Aubameyang , Lacazette
● Facts we need to know about this exciting fixture :
Chelsea have won five of their last six home league games against Arsenal, with the exception being a 0-0 draw last season.
Arsenal have failed to score in four of their last five Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge.
In all competitions, there were two meetings between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge last season, with both finishing 0-0. Prior to that, Chelsea had scored in 12 consecutive home matches against the Gunners in all competitions.
In all competitions, Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in their last two away games against Chelsea. They’ve not kept three in a row away at Stamford Bridge since January 1924.
Arsenal and Chelsea have met 52 times in the Premier League. In the first 26 meetings, Arsenal had a 54% win rate (W14 D9 L3), while Chelsea have won 54% of the last 26 (W14 D7 L5).
Arsenal lost their opening Premier League match against Manchester City – they haven’t lost both of their first two games in a season since 1992-93 (vs Norwich and Blackburn).
The last Arsenal manager to lose their first two matches in charge was Steve Burtenshaw, who lost his first three in charge as caretaker in March/April 1986.
As Napoli manager, new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri lost just four of his 57 home league games (W43 D10 L4).
Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud scored in this fixture for Arsenal in February 2017. If he scores for the Blues, he’ll be only the second player to score in this fixture for both sides in the Premier League, after Cesc Fabregas.
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s next league goal will be his 150th in the big five European leagues.