Chelsea failed to get a single point against Arsenal last season, with the Blues losing 3-1 at the Emirates and 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal used to be a team the Blues terrorised during the days of Didier Drogba but that doesn’t seem to be the case these days. The Blues have managed just three victories over the Gunners in our past 14 encounters.
Here are three things the Blues must do to beat Arsenal at the Emirates today:
a. Cut off mistakes at the back
In both defeats against Arsenal last season, the Blues were the architect of our own downfall due to silly mistakes at the back.
Emile Smith Rowe scored Arsenal’s winner after Jorginho’s horrendous backpass to Kepa Arrizabalaga as the Gunners beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates also had the same story. Reece James conceded a needless penalty on Kieran Tierney with four other Chelsea defenders around the ball, while nobody closed down Bukayo Saka who curled home a third from the right-hand side.
We need to cut out mistakes at the back to ensure we get all three points against Arsenal.
b. Force Arsenal into making mistakes by pressing them high
Arsenal under Mikel Arteta want to play out from the back even though they aren’t really good at doing that.
The Gunners are well-known for their defensive errors and the Blues can force them into making errors at the back if we press them high.
Arsenal are quite simply lackadaisical in their building out from the back, with the likes of Xhaka, Bellerin and Mohamed Elneny capable of errors should they be hounded by fast attackers.
In Mason Mount, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz, the Blues have the players to force Arsenal into making errors.
c. Be clinical
The Blues shouldn’t have lost 1-0 to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge last season if we had been clinical. We created enough chances to win that game.
It has also been the same story in other recent games against the Gunners.
Chelsea need to improve in the final third of the pitch and be more clinical to ensure we convert the chances we create against the Gunners.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel signed Romelu Lukaku to help solve Chelsea’s goalscoring problems and we expect him to finish off the chances the Blues will create against Arsenal.