Arsenal v Chelsea EPL 2021: It’s another super Sunday as two Premier League giants Arsenal v Chelsea will be up against each other in a London derby on Sunday 22, 2021.
Arsenal will be the host as the two London club are all set to face-off for the first time in the new season on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have already tasted defeat this season, losing to Premier League newcomers Brentford in a devastating 2-0 Loss.
Mikel Arteta was “surprised” that match went ahead given Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were among four players to test positive for Covid-19 beforehand.
Chelsea start their campaign in good shape with goals from Christian Pulisic, Marcos Alonso and Trevor Chaloban sealing a 3-0 win to Crystal Palace.
Both sides have been active in the transfer market, with Chelsea securing a striker in person of Romelu Lukaku at a cost of more than £100m and Arsenal transforming Martin Odegaard’s loan into a permanent deal, after also buying Ben White, Albert Sambi-Lokonga and left back Nuno Tavares.
A deal for goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has been finalised which means he be starting in the goal for Arsenal.
Arsenal v Chelsea: Team News
However both strikers might as well miss Sunday clash against the Blues as no updates given yet from their illness.
Defender Gabriel Magalhaes (knee), striker Eddie Nketiah and midfielder Thomas Partey (both ankle) are also unavailable while new signing Martin Odegaard is not available as he awaits a visa.
Chelsea will be boosted by the news that Romelu Lukaku is expected to start for the club as the Belgian is already willing to start his second stint for the Blues.
Christian Pulisic has been confirmed to be tested positive for Covid-19 as he’ll have to be quarantine for 10 days and will miss the derby clash.
The American international took to his Instagram page on Friday afternoon to comment on his current health situation.
He wrote: “Hi all, Unfortunately I tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week. Thankfully I’m fully vaccinated and I have no symptoms so far.
Arsenal v Chelsea: Match Stat
- Arsenal had more attempts than any other top-flight side on MD1 (22). However, the Gunners failed to score, and had just the 13th highest expected goals figure (1.2).
- Chelsea have won their last four away Premier League London derbies, last winning five in a row between January 2005 and January 2006 under José Mourinho.
- Arsenal won both of their Premier League matches against Chelsea last season, last time winning three in a row against the Blues in the competition between January 2003 and February 2004.
- Chelsea have only won three of their last 14 games against Arsenal in all competitions (D5 L6).
- Arsenal haven’t see a winning against Chelsea in their last 10 Premier League meetings on a Sunday (D2 L8) since winning 2-1 in November 2008 at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal v Chelsea: Head to Head (H2H)
Arsenal and Chelsea will meet for the 59th time in the history of Premier League on Sunday. Here’s what the stats show:
Arsenal v Chelsea possible Line-up
Arsenal possible starting lineup: Leno; Chambers, White, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Lokonga; Saka, Smith Rowe, Pepe; Martinelli
Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; Chalobah, Christensen, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Havertz; Lukaku
Arsenal v Chelsea: Top 5 Goalscorer in the history of the London derby
Arsenal vs Chelsea is certainly a great fixture in the Premier League as we have seen several high-scoring matches in the past.
Didier Drogba has been the most deadly finisher in the history of the North West London derby as he netted 13 goals In 15 derby appearances over the course of two different stints at Chelsea.
The Ivory Coast international is closely followed by Arsenal legend and the club’s all-time highest goalscorer Thierry Henry, who scored 10 goals in 20 appearances in the North West London derby.
Former Chelsea playmaker, Eden Hazard also make the top five list with seven goals in 19 appearances.
Top five highest goal scorer in the North West London derby goes below:
Arsenal v Chelsea Prediction
Arsenal certainly have some bright young talent in their attacking ranks, but after experiencing very little joy against Brentford, a similar story is likely to follow against the champions of Europe.
With Lukaku out to score his first ever goal for Chelsea and the Blues seeking to avenge back-to-back defeats last season, we can only see the blue side of London celebrating after Sunday’s game.
Predicted Score: Arsenal 0 – 2 Chelsea