London rivals clash this week as Tuchel’s rampaging Blues play host to Arteta’s Gunners at Stamford Bridge this Wednesday.
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Looking to put the final touches on their impressive season, Chelsea welcome London rivals Arsenal to Stamford Bridge, knowing that four more points will guarantee a top-four finish ahead of their Champions League final against Manchester City at the end of the month.
A recent win (2-1) against their Champions League final opponents last Saturday demonstrated Chelsea’s improvement under Thomas Tuchel. Since taking the reins off club legend Frank Lampard, the ex-PSG manager has overseen Chelsea’s ascension up the Premier League table and pushed his side deep into cup competitions, with an FA Cup and Champions League final pencilled into their schedule.
With their attacking line leading from the front in their last few fixtures, Timo Werner comes in at 9/2 (5.50) to score first against the Gunners this Wednesday and at 3/2 (2.50) to score at any time.
Chelsea are at 9/4 (3.25) to win the derby against Arsenal with both teams scoring.
For Arsenal, the chance of silverware faded after they fell short in their Europa League semi-finals tie against Villarreal last week. With little hope of a top-six finish, the Gunners may be forced to endure a season – or more – without European football for the first time in 25 years.
Although admitting that his side felt “devastated” after being outwitted by their former manager Unai Emery, Mikel Arteta was able to push back the disappointment and beat relegated West Bromwich Albion 3-1 last weekend.
Ahead of their Wednesday Premier League fixture against Chelsea, the Arsenal faithful will look back on their previous encounter with the Blues, a 3-1 victory which helped spark some life into their campaign. And, while admittedly not much has changed for Arsenal in the context of league position since then, their opponents have galvanised and look increasingly likely to give the Gunners a bigger run for their money this time around.
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