Preview - Arsenal vs Chelsea 4 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Jan 03, 2018, 09:14 PM

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Arsenal vs Chelsea

Arsenal are grappling with a truckload's worth of injuries as Chelsea pay them a visit on Wednesday night. The Gunners will be without Olivier Giroud, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey, while Arsene Wenger is also sweating on the fitness of Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil.

Defeat would leave Arsenal a whopping six points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, while north London rivals Tottenham can build up a five-point buffer over the Gunners if they win their game in hand.

And it doesn't look good if you look at the recent head-to-heads. The Gunners have failed to score in seven of the last nine EPL encounters against Chelsea. The Blues have also won five matches here at the Emirates Stadium in all competitions, a joint-high with Man Utd.

Can Arsenal capitalize on their stellar home form though? Arsenal have won 13 of their last 15 league games at home. The exceptions, both last month, were a thrilling 3-1 defeat by Manchester United and a draw with Liverpool.

To get one over Chelsea, Arsene Wenger's side will need to crack the resolute Blues defence, which have kept four straight clean sheets so far.

Chelsea have no fresh injury concerns, with rested duo Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas likely to return to the fold.

Prediction: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea


Match Stats:
  • Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea
  • Shots: 14-19
  • Possession: 58%-42%
  • Corner kicks: 10-8

Hector Bellerin's stoppage-time strike salvaged a point as Arsenal shared a breathless 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

Alvaro Morata sidefooted wide for the Blues on 13 minutes when clean through, while Alexis Sanchez's shot hit both posts after a wonderful intervention by Thibaut Courtois, who also turned Alexandre Lacazette's effort wide.

Cesc Fabregas fired over and Mesut Ozil wide before Petr Cech's double-save from Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso on 50 minutes.

Jack Wilshere opened the scoring with his first goal since May 2015 when he reacted first to Rob Holding's deflected through-ball, but Hazard converted a penalty four minutes later after being felled by Bellerin.

With four minutes left Alonso converted Davide Zappacosta's cross but Bellerin thrashed in from 16 yards to level.

Morata and Zappacosta almost won it for the visitors as both sides settled for a point each.

Chelsea remain third on 46 points. Arsenal are sixth.

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