After a poor display at home against Southampton in Boxing Day, attention turns back to the Premier League once again. This Sunday, the Blues are facing Arsenal away, a team who have recently appointed Mikel Arteta as their new manager and have already scratched their 1st point after drawing 1-1 against Bournemouth in midweek. 

Team News

Chelsea

Mateo Kovacic has served his one-match ban after receiving his 5th yellow of the season against Tottenham, and is now available to face Arsenal.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is on his way to recover from an Achilles injury he suffered back in May. The midfielder hopes to get back on th pitch by January.

Reece James (ankle), Marcos Alonso (muscle injury) and Mason Mount are currently in contention.

Arsenal

The Gooners will be without Kieran Tierney, Dani Ceballos and Gabriel Martinelli due to different injuries.

Stats to know (Via Whoscored.com)

  • Chelsea have won 2 and drawn 2 of their last 6 matches against Aresenal (In all competitions)
  • There have been more than 2.5 goals in the last 3 home games for Arsenal (Premier League)
  • There have been less than 2.5 goals in the last 3 matches of Chelsea (Premier League)
  • Arsenal have failed to win 10 of their last 11 games (Premier League)
  • Arsenal have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 home games (Premier League)

Final Thoughts

With so many young players, Chelsea are currently experiencing inconsistency but we are still in the Champions League positions which Frank Lampard will be delighted at. As our manager said after the Southampton defeat, he would have taken this when he took over at Chelsea.

However, Frank needs to shake things and come up with a master plan as he might look back at the Southampton game and think he shouldn´t have played three at the back. It limited the options and meant that Tammy Abraham was playing on his own.

It is important to go back to winning ways as fans are expecting better from the team and especially since Tottenham and Sheff Utd are only 3 points behind, waiting to catch us up on the Premier League table.

Truth is, we were all disappointed by what we saw on Boxing Day, however, if we put on a good performance on Sunday and beat Arsenal at their home, suddenly the fans will not see Southampton´s defeat as bad as it was after beating out city rivals Tottenham and Arsenal away.