Arsenal host London rivals Chelsea within the Premier League this weekend as they give the impression of being to the shut the six-point hole between themselves in fifth and Maurizio Sarri’s males in fourth.
Chelsea might have one eye on Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg in opposition to Tottenham Hotspur, however this season’s precedence is undoubtedly to safe Champions League soccer subsequent season and a win on Saturday may very well be an enormous step to attaining that concentrate on.
Arsenal merely can not afford to lose, with Manchester United now degree on factors following their resurgence beneath caretaker supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. It’s seemingly that Arsenal will kick off in opposition to Chelsea in sixth place, with United at residence to Brighton & Hove Albion at 3pm on Saturday.
4. Lucas Torreira vs Eden Hazard
Lucas Torreira has been one thing of a revelation for Arsenal since his summer season arrival attributable to his tenacity and tactical consciousness – two qualities that the Gunners have been missing for a few years.
Eden Hazard has been deployed in a false 9 place attributable to Chelsea’s poor centre-forward choices. He’ll seemingly drop deep to obtain the ball away from Arsenal’s centre-backs and look to run at gamers at tempo, so it will not be a shock to see Torreira man-marking Hazard and committing some tactical fouls.
The little Uruguayan will certainly be watching movies of gamers like Ander Herrera who’ve been profitable in nullifying the Belgian celebrity – a activity simpler stated than executed.
3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang vs Antonio Rudiger
The massive German centre-back is without doubt one of the few defenders on the earth who can match Aubameyang for tempo and has established himself as one of many league’s greatest within the place.
Chelsea are a tricky defence to interrupt down, retaining 10 clear sheets within the Premier League, but it surely’s uncommon they arrive up in opposition to a striker with the qualities of Aubameyang. He can’t afford to be as wasteful as he was within the reverse fixture in August.
2. Hector Bellerin vs Marcos Alonso
Bellerin might have an enormous half to play on Saturday after coming back from damage. His greatest power is his tempo, which is no doubt Marcos Alonso’s greatest weak spot.
Alonso will wish to drive up the pitch and contribute within the closing third the place he’s so efficient however Chelsea have been uncovered on a number of events down his left aspect, notably by Son Heung-min in Spurs’ 3-1 win over the Blues in November.
The Chelsea left-back has three targets in 4 league video games in opposition to Arsenal, however going the opposite manner, if Bellerin is one-on-one with Alonso there’ll solely be one winner.
1. Unai Emery vs Jorginho
Because the reference level for Sarri’s soccer, most groups have had success in opposition to Chelsea because of their method to Jorginho. Chelsea’s midfielder has racked up a file variety of passes in a number of video games, however with out registering a single help.
If Emery chooses to assault Jorginho, this might go considered one of two methods. Jorginho could be caught in possession and Arsenal win the ball excessive up the pitch; or it will probably play into the Italian’s arms and he can draw Arsenal in and launch Kante or Kovacic into the gaping gap in midfield to spring a counter-attack.
The video games by which Jorginho has been least efficient have been in opposition to groups who sit deep and permit the midfielder to go the ball as typically as he likes with none penetration. How Emery targets Jorginho may very well be the deciding issue.