Arsenal v Chelsea:- A game Arsenal can’t afford to lose.

 

 

 

No pressure but Arsenal need to beat Chelsea on Saturday at the Emirates.

Another loss against London rivals will ensure that Manchester United leap frog them into the 5th slot and Chelsea will extend their advantage over them by 9 points. 

The gunners have collected just 7 points from 15 and as a result, the gap above them is increasing. 

 

 

 

 

 

Infact since the impressive 4-2 win over Spurs, the North London side have started to disintegrate. 

It will be interesting to see how Emery sets the side up but it is absolutely critical for Arsenal get back to winning ways.

 

 

Just to add a little extra spice to the proceedings, we are likely to see the return of Mesut Ozil, who the Spaniard has hooked, left on the bench or ignored completely.

If he goes off after 45 minutes, it will be another indication that Emery doesn’t value or trust the player and that will surely head to the exit door, perhaps in the summer.

Arsenal are fast becoming a soap opera with dysfunctional players, disagreements behind the scenes, financial problems and the possible loss of one key member of personnel.

All it needs at present, is its own theme tune.

 

 

 

 

Chelsea are reinforcing with a loan plus buy deal (very popular in London) for Gonzalo Higuain. Depending on how it goes with the paperwork, he may even make an appearance in the stands.

Higuain’s arrival is surely the last nail in the Morata coffin.

 

Since his arrival, his goals have dried up and he has looked a shadow of his former self.

Chelsea have finally decided to cut their loses but will ask for as close to the original outlay of £58 million as possible.

I doubt they will recoup that, not for someone who scores goals as rarely as a Prince Phillip personal appearance at a porcelain factory in Basildon.

£48-£52 million may be closer the mark and the word is that Atletico Madrid are interested.

Nothing like a goal drought to drop a price.

 

 

 

 

 

If I were Sarri, I’d cut short Eden Hazards spell up front and get him to fly down the wings or through the middle to split Arsenal’s jelly like defence.

 

 

For Arsenal, Mkhitaryan is still missing, along with long term absentees Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck.

I expect both Aubameyang and Lacazette to start with the Frenchman in the role as the loan striker.

 

 

In a three man midfield, I’d go for Aubameyang and Iwobi out wide and Ozil in the middle.

Xhaka and Torreira will again provide cover for the nervy backline which will probably contain Kolasinac, Mustafi or Koscileny, Sokratis and Maitland-Niles in front of Bernd Leno.  

 

 

 

What’s the prediction ? Probably a draw but if Arsenal can squeeze Chelsea and contain them, it could be a very narrow win for the gunners. 

 

 

 

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