Chelsea have had a fairly low standard start to the season, compared to what we are used to. This kind of start is okay for a mid-table Premier League side, but not for Chelsea. Infact, last season’s 12th-place finish was a huge shock to the system. However, they have improved in their last 8 games with 3 wins, 2 draws, and 3 defeats, taking them up to 11th on the table.
They have also kept up the miserly defense from last season, to concede the joint second-fewest goals in the division. If they had a player to score reliably, their points tally might look far healthier.
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 15 league London derbies (Won 11, Drew 4), the third-longest such run in Premier League history after Chelsea (20 between 2004 and 2006) and the Gunners themselves (35 between 2001 and 2005).
Arsenal are one of two teams still unbeaten in the Premier League this season (W6 D2), and no side has kept more clean sheets or conceded fewer goals than Arsenal in the division this term so far.
Head-to-Head (Since 2010)
Chelsea: 15 Wins
Arsenal: 14 Wins
Draws: 9 Draws
FORM (Last Five Games)
Chelsea: W W W L D
Arsenal: W L W W D
Players to Watch
Cole Palmer (Chelsea) – Cole Palmer to Chelsea has brought an assuredness on the ball in the final third that provides his teammates a little more time and space in attack. Also Chelsea seem to be a more technically proficient and fluid team with the Englishman in the side.
Martin Odegaard (Arsenal)– Martin Odegaard has applied more pressures in closing down an opposing player while out of possession. That is more than any other player in the Premier League this season. He is also the only player to have made more than 100 in both the middle third and attacking third.