Arsenal defeated Chelsea home and away last season, and Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea were even beaten by the Gunners at Stamford Bridge towards the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
However, Arsenal legend Ian Wright thinks this weekend’s fixture between Chelsea and Arsenal is different, as he believes that the Blues are in better form under Tuchel plus the addition of Romelu Lukaku.
Speaking on Ringer FC’s Wrighty’s House podcast, Wright said: “I know that Arsenal won twice against Chelsea last year and it did change Arsenal’s trajectory, Bukayo Saka came in, Emile Smith Rowe came in, We kind of started to create.
“We’re dealing with a Chelsea team now that are so ready. We saw that when Thomas Tuchel got there, another elite manager.
“He sorted the defence out. And that you throw Romelu Lukaku into that mix, into a team that is so confident, this frightens me. We’ve got a Chelsea where they now think they can win the Premier League.”
If you were wondering what the mood is currently like for Arsenal fans about the London Derby against Chelsea next weekend is effectively on general sale with a tone of tickets still left available - usually the one of the two hardest league games to get tickets for.
Arsenal actually have a chance in this game against Chelsea, the last 2 of 3 games they’ve played Chelsea and they beat them. Last season, home and away, somehow Arsenal turned up when they play Chelsea. Obviously, this isn’t the case on the weekend but it’ll be a tough derby no doubt.
Also, Lukaku is a world class striker but that doesn't mean that Chelsea will win. it’s his first game and he hasn’t kicked a ball in the premier league for years plus all the pressure will be on him in that game. There's chance for Arsenal.
Emile Smith Rowe hasn't assisted a goal for Arsenal in the Premier League since February v Leeds - a run of 11 games without one. His first ever assist and his last Premier League goal both came against Chelsea so hopefully he can contribute on Sunday.
Smith Rowe is as good, Arsenal's attack needs to be built around him to win against Chelsea. How he roams freely and creates pockets of spaces for others is a trait that often goes unnoticed in his game.
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