Title push and shove
Defeated. Banned. Frustrated. Bemusing. Trying. There are plenty of words you can use to try to sum up Arsene Wenger’s various personalities at the minute. They’d also fit the description of the characters on a certain YouTube fan channel. They’ve gone from hopefuls to lift the title, to barely remembering take the bin out on a Thursday, and now they prepare for one of their toughest challenges yet.
Stamford Bridge to Hell
It may only be a case of nipping on the bus, but the last time Arsenal managed to beat Chelsea at their place was in October 2011. In fact, The Gunners have managed to win just two league meetings at Stamford Bridge in their last 11 visits.
Almost as if they were bracing themselves to take on The Blues, who are nine points clear at the top of the table, they almost forgot to actually play football against Watford in the week. This led to The Hornet’s first win over Arsenal since April 1988, in a game where they failed to register a shot on target in the first half.
Sheriff Conte rules Wild, Wild West London
Antonio Conte has arrived in England in style. Riding high at the top of the table with 56 points and 48 goals scored to just 16 conceded. His team have lost one (vs Tottenham) of their last 17 league games, and look to be in cruise control to be named champions. Oh, and he looks sh*t hot in a cap, like he proved at Anfield in the week.
Meanwhile, Wenger chases his first league 2003-04 and will be in the stands for this weekend’s fixture after the ban he earned from shoving an official. However, he proved back in September that he has the minerals to beat Chelsea, after battering them 3-0 at the Emirates. Arsenal are 13/5 to make it two wins against The Blues this season.
On the back of a midweek 1-1 draw to Liverpool, the home side head into the game at evens to continue their rampage and further secure the crown this year. The Premier League’s premier striker, Diego Costa, may have seen his penalty saved by Simon Mignolet during the week but he is 7/2 to score first against The Gunners.
Both of Chelsea’s victories over Arsenal last season came to nil and you can get 11/4 for a repeat of that. Or if you fancy uncovering a rarely seen Arsene Wenger personality, one of elation and excitement, it’s 5/1 for his side to win and bag over 2.5 goals.