Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown fully expects Arsene Wenger to attack Chelsea when the two sides meet at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, he told Sky Sports.
North London will play host to a top-of-the-table clash in the Premier League this weekend as first meets second, and should we overcome our Chelsea hoodoo, the title race could become rather interesting.
Wenger is yet to defeat a team managed by Jose Mourinho, and the last time we beat Chelsea was October 2011 in the enthralling 5-3 win at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho gave many a taste of what is to come by setting his team up negatively at home to Manchester United last week, and Keown suspects he’ll to do the same this weekend.
“Arsene Wenger hasn’t gone with two holding midfielders very often, he likes to be creative in that midfield area,” Keown was quoted as saying.
“So it’s about getting the right balance in midfield. I think Arsenal will look to take the game to Chelsea and Chelsea will maybe use an extra midfield player in there.
“Jose Mourinho usually finds a tactic to stop the opposition from playing and Wenger tends to just go for it.”
Guarding against the counter-attack whilst maintaining our attacking potential will be at the forefront of Wenger’s mind, which immediately throws-up some selection dilemmas.
If Mathieu Debuchy keeps his place, will Aaron Ramsey start? The two failed to combine well down the right-hand side, which will be crucial given Eden Hazard’s presence. Could Wenger be tempted to include Theo Walcott, who has a very good record against Chelsea?
As we continue to mirror a side capable of producing tactically astute performances, Sunday’s game may very well be decided in the dugout.