Arsenal vs Chelsea: 3 Key Battles
Chelsea take on Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday, safe in the knowledge that it is a matter of when and not if they win the title. A win at the home of their nearest challengers will leave the Blues one victory away from sealing their fourth Barclays Premier League title.
The Gunners, who will meet Aston Villa in the FA Cup final know that even a win won’t be enough to stop Mourinho’s men from claiming the title. But in terms of their season and where they finish, any points from the visit of the Champions-elect will serve them well. A win on Sunday will be Arsene Wenger’s first over Mourinho and would extend the Gunners’ winning run to 10 matches in all competitions.
Here are the three key battles that will decide the outcome of the top of the table clash at the Emirates.
Olivier Giroud vs Chelsea’s center-backs
Although he is without a goal in his last two games, five goals, and an assist in his last five league games has propelled him to the top of the scoring charts for the Gunners. Against a packed defense, the Frenchman’s aerial prowess and ability to bring his team-mates into play will be vital if the Gunners are to end their run of four games without a goal against the Blues.
John Terry and Gary Cahill have been excellent for the most of the season and will need to be on their toes yet again if they are to come away from the Emirates with a clean sheet. Last weekend against United was one of the more straightforward games for the pair as the Red Devils neither had the pace nor the strength to go beyond the duo. The task will be a lot harder this time around not only because of Giroud’s physical presence but also his ability to link up play with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. If the Blues pair can stop that from happening, they will blunt a significant offensive threat.