Chelsea welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening as the Blues aim to continue their pre-international break form.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side managed to put back-to-back wins together to bring some positivity to the club following an awful start to the season.
And they’ll be keen to add another three points to their tally as they host their London rivals who are yet to lose a game in the Premier League.
Arsenal head into this one off the back of a huge 1-0 win over Manchester City that proved Mikel Arteta’s men are well up for another title challenge.
The Gunners beat Chelsea home and away last season and will be eager to maintain their unbeaten run.
Chelsea vs Arsenal: How to follow
This Premier League clash will take place on Saturday, October 21.
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Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is scheduled for 5:30pm.
The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League.
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Chelsea vs Arsenal: Team news
Reece James could be set for a return from injury for Chelsea but he may not be risked just yet after his latest setback.
Cole Palmer and Mykhailo Mudryk picked up knocks on international duty but are expected to be fit enough to feature this weekend.
Benoit Badiashile and Carney Chukwuemeka are likely to be back in action but the same can’t be said for Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana or Christopher Nkunku who remain out.
Romeo Lavia has also suffered a setback in his recovery which means his wait for a first Blues appearance continues.
Arsenal may welcome back Bukayo Saka after he missed the Gunners’ thrilling win over Manchester City before the international break.
Saka pulled out of the England squad and has spent the last week recovering.
Gabriel Martinelli is back in action but Leandro Trossard is carrying a knock and Thomas Partey is still working back to full fitness.
They also remain without Jurrien Timber who continues his recovery from an ACL injury.
Chelsea vs Arsenal: What has been said?
Former Arsenal defender Rob Holding has praised Gunners boss Arteta for his impact on the club since his arrival in 2019.
He told talkSPORT: “With Arteta now they’ve got a hell of a manager who’s going to go on to do great things.
“His tactical awareness and how he sees the game is incredible. I didn’t realise how much I didn’t know about football until I’d been in a meeting with him a few times and you start to think that he sees football differently to how anyone has seen it in the world around me.
“The way they’ve started the season I’m sure they can carry on and go for another title charge.”
Chelsea vs Arsenal: Match facts
- As well as being one of two teams still unbeaten in the Premier League this season (W6 D2), no side has kept more clean sheets (4) or conceded fewer goals (6) than Arsenal in the division this term. Meanwhile, Chelsea have netted more goals in their last two league games (6) than they had in their first six this season (5).
- Arsenal have won their three Premier League away games this season by an aggregate score of 6-0 – only twice have they won their first four on the road in a league season (1903-04 and 2004-05). This is just the second time the Gunners have kept a clean sheet in their first three away league games after 1995-96, losing 1-0 at Chelsea in their fourth game on the road that season.
- Chelsea have won both of their last two Premier League games, last winning more in a row in October 2022 (a run of 4). However, the Blues have lost their last two league games at Stamford Bridge; only in November 1993 have they ever lost three consecutive Premier League home games, with the third match in that run coming against Arsenal (0-2).
- Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 15 league London derbies (W11 D4), the third-longest such run in Premier League history after Chelsea (20 between 2004 and 2006) and the Gunners themselves (35 between 2001 and 2005).
- Arsenal have won each of their last three away league games against Chelsea – they could become the first side to win four in a row against the Blues at Stamford Bridge since Watford between 1981 and 1986.
- Chelsea have lost five of their last six Premier League games against Arsenal (W1), as many defeats as they’d suffered in their previous 25 against them (W14 D6).
- Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard has applied more pressures (closing down an opposing player while out of possession) than any other player in the Premier League this season (253), while he’s also the only player to have made 100+ in both the middle third (111) and attacking third (112).
- Kai Havertz – who assisted Arsenal’s winner against Man City last time out – could make his 100th Premier League appearance in this match (91 for Chelsea, 8 for Arsenal so far). 27 different players to have previously played for Chelsea in the Premier League have scored against them in the competition, the most against any side in the competition’s history.
- Mikel Arteta has won five of his eight Premier League games against Chelsea (62.5% – D1 L2). Of all managers to take charge of more than five against them, only Kenny Dalglish (76.9%) and Pep Guardiola (64.3%) have a higher win rate against the Blues than the Arsenal boss.
- Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has never lost a Premier League home game against Arsenal, winning three and drawing three of his six such meetings. Overall, his sides have only failed to score in two of his 13 league meetings with the Gunners, though they’ve never scored more than twice in a match.
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