Arsenal vs Chelsea: 5 Things To Keep An Eye On In The London Derby

Arsenal vs Chelsea

With Chelsea travelling to Arsenal in the tie of the weekend, we look at 5 things which should be looked out for during the game. One thing is a certainty this will be one tough titanic battle between the two best clubs in England, at least based on what the Premier League table says.

Arsenal v Chelsea Mourinho vs Wenger

Sanchez vs. Hazard

Two players who are set to battle it out and this could decide who wins the Player of the year tournament. Sanchez and Hazard have had a huge role to play in their team’s performance this season and they would be looking to provide a lot of attacking options down their respective wings. Hazard could run away with the title if Chelsea win while Sanchez will do his claim to the title no harm if he comes out in top gear.

Tough tackling

Nemanja Matic and Francis Coquelin might rack up the tackles in the game but this is a derby and that will be enough for both teams to have a go at each other. You can be sure that Jose Mourinho will drill his team to go in a little extra hard and leave something for the Arsenal players. Well, Arsenal also have a few tough tacklers in their squad and you can be sure there will be some full-blooded challenges flying about.

The return of the prodigal son in a rival’s garb

Cesc Fabregas will be making his return to Arsenal, well he has played against them earlier but this time it will be more painful for the Gunner faithful as they would see one of their own, disowned and in the colour of their rivals. Chelsea made one of the shrewdest signings of the season with the capture of Cesc Fabregas and he could play out of his socks to show just what Arsenal have missed this season.

Wenger vs. Mourinho

The line wasn’t really crossed, it has been obliterated by Jose Mourinho with his constant jabs on poor old Arsene Wenger. From calling him a ‘voyeur’ to joking about someone else in his position would have been sacked had he not won a trophy for as long as Wenger did, Jose would be out to down play his rival, again. Of course, there would be nothing special than Arsene beating Jose and making it count.

Parking of the bus

Chelsea are known for their ability to grind out the results and taking on Arsenal at the Emirates is calling out for a Chelsea staple, the parking of the bus. Alright, Chelsea do not deserve to be tagged as a team that always parks the bus during the big games but they certainly play to stifle the opponents and they would be looking to do that against a free-flowing Arsenal team that has been going great guns, either way this game is going to be a cracker.

 

Written by Dinesh V

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