A mouth watering clash awaits the viewers this Sunday at the Emirates Stadium as second placed Arsenal lock horns against their London rivals Chelsea. Here is the match preview of Arsenal Vs. Chelsea.
Chelsea have a great run in this year EPL, earned 76points in 32matches, 10 point ahead of Arsenal. Sitting pretty at the top, Chelsea have already got one hand on that prestigious Premier League title, but the Gunners who have shown some impeccable form this season and who are themselves at second place would be looking to avenge their first leg defeat against the Blues and make things a bit interesting as far as the points table is concerned.
Arsenal VS Chelsea | 26th April EPL Match Preview
Loads of things are going to happen in this match. Let’s take a looks at Arsenal vs Chelsea match preview, match news, injury news and statistics.
Arsenal’s Current Form
The Gunners have had a magnificent run of form over the last few matches demolishing every opponent on their path. Arsene’s boys have kept the faith that their manager showed on them by delivering on the pitch.
Their Fa cup campaign has marched on quite smoothly where they have made light work of Manchester United and Reading in the quarters and semi finals to get into finals for the second time in a row. Arsenal have also been quite glorious in the league beating times like Newcastle and Liverpool quite comprehensively.
Injured: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arteta
Chelsea’s Current Form
After suffering a disappointing exit from the round of 16 in the Champions League at the hands of PSG, Chelsea made sure that they win the Carling Cup and kept a long distance from their rivals as far as the Premier league points table is concerned.
They almost suffered at a minor hiccup at Hull City conceding 2 quick fire goals after taking the lead, but turned it around in the most professional manner. Since then they didn’t look back and more recently defeated an in form Manchester United side making more or less sure that they will be the 2015 premier champions.
Doubtful: Costa, Rémy
Key Players To Watch Out For
Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal will once again pin their hopes on their Chilean hitman to deliver the goods for them as he has done time and again this season. He scored a brace in the last game against Reading in the fa cup and will look to add to his tally against the Blues this Sunday.
Mesut Ozil: The German midfield maestro and world cup winner has been a revelation since his comeback from injury. He responded to his critics in the best possible manner by recording the most assists in the year 2015. His immaculate vision and passing have made the forwards score quite a few goals and he would surely be itching to do well this Sunday.
Olivier Giroud: People had their doubts regarding his effectiveness but he put everything to bed by netting 12 goals after his comeback from injury. His strength and hold up play might just give the Chelsea defenders something to think about.
Eden Hazard: The name on every Chelsea fans lips this season, the Gunners need to be wary of this Belgian winger who have had a terrific season scoring goals, assisting and creating chances.
Nemanja Matic: The young Serbian holding midfielder has had a perfect season so far for the Blues. Blocking the opposition attacks, covering the centre backs and master minding the Chelsea counter attacks, Matic has really shown a great deal of maturity in the Chelsea midfield.
Thibaut Courtois: The youngster carried on his good form from last season when he played for Atlético Madrid , this season as well for the Blues. Filling the boots of the Legendary Petr Cech in such a manner is an achievement in itself. The Gunners will have to play a good game to go past this Belgian lad between the posts.
The Professor vs The Special One
Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho doesn’t share the greatest relationship and that could just spice up things a bit this Sunday. Wenger’s record has been extremely poor against his Chelsea counterpart with not even a single win. In last 12 meetings against Jose, he lost 5 and draw 7 times.
But this time The Professor would be looking to rectify that with a clinical performance this weekend at the Emirates. Last year’s touchline spat between these two would still be fresh in their memory and that might just trigger a few challenges both on and off the pitch.
Cesc Fabregas (Not The Perfect Homecoming One Would Guess)
Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the clash this Sunday. A lot of the spotlight will definitely be on the former Arsenal Captain this weekend. Once considered as the hero of Arsenal F.c, he forced his way out of Arsenal in 2010 to join his boyhood club Barcelona. And this season moved onto Arsenal’s rival club, Chelsea.
He has played a crucial role in Chelsea, scored 5 goals and made 19 assists so far. so he would definitely get a mixed reaction from the Arsenal faithful’s on Sunday.
Win or draw for Chelsea means they don’t have to wait long for the title. Knowing the kind of manager Jose Mourinho is, he would definitely be opting a defensive approach to Sunday’s game as he did against United. But his policy is simple which is basically result oriented and the style of football doesn’t matter and it is quite effective. On the other hand, Arsene’s boys would be playing their usual brand of football and it would definitely turn out to be a great spectacle for the viewers this Sunday.