Arsenal are riding on the crest of a wave at present, and will view the visit of leaders Chelsea to the Emirates for Saturday’s lunch-time game in the Premier League as a chance to gauge their championship potential.
Since beating Liverpool at Anfield a few weeks ago, Arsene Wenger’s side have been on a roll, and few could argue that they did not deserve the point gained at Manchester City last week. Midweek Capital One Cup action saw them blast six past Coventry, with Olivier Giroud even managing to get on the scoresheet. Now comes the big test against their London rivals who currently head the table on 13pts, and who line up on the back of a six-goal pasting of Wolves in the Capital One Cup in midweek.
The Gunners themselves have now hit six twice of course, as they also put that many past Southampton a fortnight ago, so it is set up for an intriguing encounter, given the fact that both sides have also been very solid defensively, the pair having conceded just two goals in five matches.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has kept four clean sheets so far, while at the other end, sensational summer signing Eden Hazard has been responsible for four assists. The Arsenal defence will need to keep a close eye on the Belgian, but also on defender Branislav Ivanovic who has added his weight to the attack to score twice already this season.
The corresponding fixture last season ended goalless, but many who remember the earlier amazing 5-3 victory by the Gunners at Stamford Bridge last October would not mind witnessing a repeat, certainly as far as Gooners are concerned. With home advantage, and confidence high, Arsenal will line up in confident mood, and while another nap-hand of goals is maybe asking too much, inflicting a first defeat of the season on the Blues is certainly not.
Gervinho has two goals to his name so far, and will be hungry for more, so he has to be included in the first and anytime scorer markets, as does the man who has been instrumental in orchestrating Arsenal’s revival, Lukas Podolski.