The second Premier League matchweek will see two of London’s finest clubs Arsenal and Chelsea go head-to-head at the Emirates Stadium.
It is always one of the most highly anticipated matches in the Premier League calendar, and to have this match in just the second week is delightful news for both sets of fans.
Let us preview the game by looking at all the relevant Arsenal v Chelsea statistics and how the two clubs shape up to face each other.
Chelsea are arguably one of the most in-form team in the world right now, not just the Premier League.
Recently, the side won the Champions League for the second time when they beat Manchester City in May, in a well-earned win against an experimental Guardiola side. They then followed this up by winning the Super Cup win against Sevilla in August.
However, if we talk about the rivalry between Red and Blue, the statistics show a different story. Arsenal are unbeaten against their Chelsea in four games across all competitions.
After drawing against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last season, Arsenal beat their London rivals 2-1 in the FA Cup final in 2020.
In the 2020/21 season, Arsenal did the double over Chelsea. Firstly, they beat Chelsea 3-1 at the Emirates. At Stamford Bridge, Arsenal secured a 1-0 away win.
Even though Chelsea won the Champions League and reached the FA Cup final in the 2020/21 season, they were disappointing against the top 6 sides in the Premier League.
In the 2020/21 season, Chelsea only won three matches against the ‘Big Six’, giving a win percentage of just 30%. However, two of those wins came under Tuchel, including a win against champions Manchester City.
Despite winning the Champions League, Chelsea were not able to challenge for the Premier League title.
Even though most of the poor form against the top 6 is down to the inconsistency under Lampard, the poor form continued under Thomas Tuchel.
One of the biggest aspects of the resurgence of Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel is their away form in the Premier League.Embed from Getty Images
Since the German took the manager seat, Chelsea have only lost one Premier League away game. That defeat came against Aston Villa in the final game week, a game when Chelsea had already secured top four status.
The biggest problem for Arsenal under Mikel Arteta is the lack of goals. In the 2020/21 season, Arsenal scored 55 goals in the Premier League season. We have previously written about Arteta’s coaching style here
Eight Premier League teams scored more goals than the Gunners in the 2020/21 season.
And after a goalless loss v Brentford, the pressure is only piling up on the Spanish manager and his frontline.
The signing of youngster Martin Ødegaard from Real Madrid will help boost the teams attacking front, but the lack of a consistent striker has caused trouble for the London side in the past. The Norwegian showed sparks of brilliance on loan at the London side last season, and will hope to follow it up after signing a permanent deal.
Striker Florian Balogun struggled against the strength of the Brentford defence, and there is set to be no let up against Chelsea on Sunday, with the futures of both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang uncertain.
Even though Arsenal were able to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last season, their record against the big 6 is still poor.
Arsenal only managed to win three matches out of ten against the big 6 last season. Under Mikel Arteta, they have only won five matches out of fifteen Premier League matches against the big 6, giving a win percentage of 33%.
Arsenal’s marquee signing Ben White did not have a great start to his Arsenal career vs Brentford.
Not only did he look uncomfortable dealing with Ivan Toney, his usual dominant presence was also not seen.Embed from Getty Images
He only won 3 of his 7 aerial duels and just 5 of his 11 ground duels.
And facing up against Chelsea will not prove to be easy for the Englishman as he settles to life in North London.
Emirates could also be the setting of Lukaku’s return in Chelsea colours, after sealing a £97.5 million move from Italian champions Inter Milan. The striker scored 64 Goals in 95 Games for the Nerazzurri before his return to the Blues.
Lukaku would be a clear upgrade to the likes of Werner and Abraham who scored 6 goals each last season compared to the 24 goals that Lukaku managed last season in the league. Tammy Abraham secured a move to Roma this week, but we have seen previously that manager Thomas Tuchel has dismissed rumours that Werner could leave the club
The match between Arsenal and Chelsea will always grab the headlines, regardless of their positions in the League.
Ever since the days of Mourinho and Wenger, these sides have had heated clashes giving us some memorable Premier League moments.
And as we look at all the Arsenal vs Chelsea statistics in recent times, it is sure to be a mouthwatering contest.