Fresh off the back of a frustrating 2-1 loss to Watford, Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge for the top of the table clash with the league leaders. The statistics, not to mention form, are a major concern and do not favour Arsene Wenger’s side ahead of the crucial tie.
Having a punt on Wenger to end the hoodoo at Stamford Bridge will return well but remains unlikely, you can read the review first to gain a bonus, is that being pessimistic? Or just realistic? Chelsea have been ruthless at times this season, with our enjoyable 3-0 win earlier this season becoming the catalyst for their rebirth as a solid, efficient unit.
Plus the Arsenal bosses record in SW6 is particularly worrying. Arsene Wenger has lost his last four league games at Stamford Bridge – he could equal his worst record of 5 straight defeats at Old Trafford (2009-2013) (via fourfourtwo), and considering the Gunners very poor first half performance, there is plenty to work on in the build up to the blockbuster tie this weekend.
Losing three of the last eight Premier league ties, Arsenal are struggling to keep tracks with Chelsea who extended their lead to nine points in midweek despite Liverpool holding the Chavs to a 1-1 draw. The title race will essentially be over for Arsenal in February should they not manage to claim any points in South West London.
Interestingly Arsenal last won both matches in one season against Chelsea in 2003/04 – the last time we won the league. Should the Gunners win, it will not only reinvigorate their season, but give our fellow title rivals plenty of incentive to keep up the chase with the Blues.
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Arsenal have an incredibly testing month ahead, traveling to Chelsea is certainly not the fixture you need right after a disappointing loss, but if Arsene Wenger wants to win the Premier League and consequently end his Stamford Bridge hoodoo he has to find a way for his side to win massive games like this.