Chelsea travel less than 10 miles north to The Emirates Stadium for a Premier League London derby against Arsenal on Sunday the 22nd of August 2021.
Arsenal faced the usual fan-club backlash last weekend as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat away at Premier League newcomers Brentford. With a goal in each half and regardless of Arsenal’s stat dominance, Brentford had the dream start to their first-ever Premier League campaign in what seemed like a very difficult first game of the season.
Three days after this Premier League clash against Chelsea, Arsenal travel to The Hawthorns in the west-midlands to face Championship side West Bromwich Albion in the EFL Cup. The Gunners got as far as the quarter-finals in the last League Cup campaign but lost 1-4 at home against eventual cup winners Manchester City.
Champions League winners Chelsea, who within the last few weeks have won the UEFA Super Cup against Villarreal on penalties, their opening Premier League match against Crystal Palace 3-0 and an oddly timed friendly against non-league Weymouth 13-0 a day later, will be hoping to take their current form to the Emirates and come out with another win.
The Blues don’t need to concern themselves with an EFL Cup match this early in the competition this season but do need to be prepared for another difficult match against Liverpool next weekend.
Head to head, Chelsea won the pre-season friendly between the two sides at The Emirates in August, but it was Arsenal that took all six points in the two Premier League fixtures last season, winning 3-1 at The Emirates and 0-1 away at Stamford Bridge
Odds For Arsenal v Chelsea
Chelsea, who are currently second-favourites for the Premier League title this season behind current holders Manchester City, head into this game as fairly strong favourites given the two team’s current forms.
The current ‘match result’ odds for this game between Arsenal and Chelsea at The Emirates are as follows:
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As usual, neither of these two teams can be completely disregarded for the title this year. As things stand, Chelsea are in fact the second-favourites for the Premier League title, while Arsenal are technically tipped for a seventh-placed finish. Here are the current outright winner odds for the Premier League this season:
Arsenal v Chelsea Teams
Having already spent over £52 million on Brighton’s centre-back Ben White, over £15 million on central-midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht and around £7.2 million on left-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica, Arsenal could well be set to surpass the £100 million mark as they continue to pursue the likes of Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale, Manuel Locatelli, James Maddison and Houssem Aouar.
The Gunners have had a lump sum into the club too, as Joe Willock made his loan move to Newcastle United a permanent one for a fee of around £26.46 million. Arsenal fans, and likely the board, will be expecting at least a top-four finish from boss Mikel Arteta and the team based on the swing of arrivals and departures this summer, though.
Thomas Tuchel, on the other hand, chose to break the £100 million mark in a single transfer for Chelsea, bringing former player Romelu Lukaku back to the club for a fee of around £103.5 million from Inter Milan.
The Blues have, however, had half of this sum brought back into the club already owing to the sales of centre-forward Tammy Abraham to AS Roma for a fee of around £36 million, centre-back Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan for a fee of around £26 million and right-midfielder Victor Moses to Spartak Moscow for a fee of £4.5 million.
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Arsenal and Chelsea are scheduled to clash at The Emirates on Sunday the 22nd of August with the match due to commence at 16:30.