Arsenal – Chelsea preview: the two sides of the coin in London

The London derby has a prominent name: Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian could make his debut next Sunday after leaving Milan to return to what was his home ten years ago. Tuchel he gets the piece he’s been looking for after Werner’s performance was less than expected last season.

Numerous important casualties also condemn the rojiblancos. It does not have to be easy to receive a Chelsea in a state of grace and brimming with quality line by line, while your main offensive asset are players who they do not exceed 20 years, without maturity or ability to counter a team in an opposite situation. Balogun, Martinelli, Saka, Smith-Rowe or Pépé will be in charge of attacking the fortress blue, in addition to the expected return of Ødegaard as soon as possible to be able to debut as expected from Lukaku.

The doubts continue to bloom with Arteta

Arsenal’s debut left much to be desired. The Brentford by Thomas Frank was much superior and culminated a perfect premiere after returning to the Premier 74 years later. On the part of the gunners, the focus of criticism continues to point to the defense, which with the signing of Ben White is not giving an iota of improvement.

The main one pointed out is Mikel Arteta. The San Sebastian coach is unable to stabilize the club and it is at important moments when he does not seem to be able to reverse the situation. From the youth base with Saka and Smith-Rowe to the maturity of Aubameyang, the London team cannot solve the weak points of an Arsenal that has not touched the glory since that invincible team of the 2003-04 campaign.

The image of the day 1 / Photo: Gettyimages

Chalobah and the arrival of Lukaku

If at Arsenal it is all negative news, on the other side of London the opposite is true. Chelsea made their home debut with a 3-0 win against Crystal Palace. After winning the Champions League and the European Super Cup, the blues are presented as candidates to snatch the Premier from Manchester City.

Marina Granovskaia’s excellent transfer management since Tuchel’s arrival on the bench presents everything as if it were a bed of roses. They have the recent acquisition of Lukaku, which will wear number 9, in addition to the discovery of Trevoh Chalobah, which debuted in the league with a goal and displayed very positive numbers for Chelsea’s defense.

Azpilicueta hugs an excited Chalobah, who dedicated the goal to his mother / Photo: Gettyimages
Azpilicueta hugs Chalobah who, excited, dedicated the goal to his mother / Photo: Gettyimages

Background between both clubs

This meeting will be special, since it means that the two London teams have seen each other in 200 times, being the gunners those who come out benefited with 78 victories, while the remaining others are divided into 58 draws and 63 victories for Chelsea. Nothing is further from reality today where are the blues those who start as favorites to win the three points.

This same preseason they played a friendly match in which he debuted Ben White. However, Arsenal were defeated by 1-2 thanks to goals from Havertz and Abraham, who did not serve Arteta’s men despite Xhaka scoring the home goal.

Match referee

The English referee Paul Tierney will be in charge of whistling the duel between Arsenal and Chelsea related to matchday 2 of the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium.

Paul Tierney He will be assisted by Constantine Hatzidakis and Neil Davies as assistants and David Coote as fourth official, while Chris Kavanagh will be in charge of the VAR with the help of Sian Massey-Ellis as assistant.

Possible alignments

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Leno; Chambers, Ben White, Pablo Marí, Kieran Tierney; Sambi Lokonga, Xhaka; Pépé, Smith-Rowe, Bukayo Saka; Balogun.

Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Rüdiger, Marcos Alonso; Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic; Mount, Pulisic; Timo Werner.

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