Chelsea FC vs Arsenal FC

Chelsea Odds and Match Preview v Arsenal

After three consecutive games without a loss, Chelsea secured their eighth loss of the season in a 1-0 loss to Newcastle United, the joint-most in the top half of the table (Tottenham Hotspur). 

Isaac Hayden’s 94th-minute header secured the three points for the home side. Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was criticized after the loss as Hayden’s header was one of minimum speed and power and a header most people believe Kepa should have saved. 

The most expensive goalkeeper in the world is under pressure from the Chelsea faithful after several errors this season has contributed to some of Chelsea’s league losses. Another negative for The Blues is budding star Reece James limping off with an apparent ankle injury. 

The young right-back, fresh off a new deal signed this week has been a shining light for Chelsea this season and a potential injury will side-line him in an important period for Chelsea as they look to secure their place in the UEFA Champions League next season. 

Chelsea host Arsenal in their next game in a repeat of the December fixture where Chelsea stole three points with two late goals at the Emirates Stadium. 

Arsenal Not in Form and Chelsea Odds for the Match

Arsenal themselves have struggled of late, having won just one game in their last seven. With Arteta at the helm, the 2-0 win over Manchester United remains his only league win, with draws over Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United in their latest fixture have prevented the North London club from climbing up the table.  

Arsenal was unlucky however to leave Bramall Lane with one point after a potential Nicolas Pepe penalty wasn’t given by the referee. Arsenal remains 10th in the table, 10 points behind Chelsea in fourth and if their winless run continues, their quest to return to the Champions League may have to be delayed for the fourth year in a row. 

Chelsea has suffered just one defeat against Arsenal in their last six league fixtures with Chelsea claiming three wins, losing once and drawing twice. 

Sportsbooks odds on Chelsea getting back to winning ways opens at -143, making them slight favorites. Odds on Arsenal for their first league win in eight games opens at+350, according to sportsbooks. Odds on a draw between the two sides opens at +300. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains suspended as he will serve the second game of his ban against Chelsea after his straight red card in last week’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace. 

Is Mikel Arteta the Right Man for the Job?

The former Arsenal captain has one win in his first five league games but results can be deceiving. Arsenal’s performances in all five games have garnered a win but missed chances, lack of fitness and a red card to Aubameyang against Crystal Palace has hampered them.  

There’s only so much a manager can do with the squad that he’s been given compared to one he’s built himself. 

You only have to look at Jurgen Klopp and the progress he’s shown in Liverpool. His first season with Brendan Rodgers’ players, Liverpool finished eighth in the league and since then, he’s transformed the team and qualified for the Champions League each year, including back to back finals and winning one. 

Patience is a dying skill in sports but for Arsenal’s sake, they must be patient with Arteta if they want to get back to the club they were known for being.