In what is a battle between two sides who are just about crawling their way into the New Year, new Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will welcome Chelsea to the Emirates when he takes charge of his first matchup in North London this weekend.
Despite making some clear improvements against Bournemouth on Boxing Day afternoon, the Gunners could only muster a point on the road and have continued on what can best be described as a crisis.
While Arsenal might open the weekend outside of the top half, Sunday’s hosts are not the only London outfit who have continued to show some glaring inconstancies over the festive period.
Once again falling short at Stamford Bridge and watching relegation scrappers Southampton pick up a deserved 2-0 victory in the capital, the former champions have seen their top-four buffer take a major dent and Frank Lampard is desperately called on some resolve.
However, after putting four past Arsenal when the two sides faced off in last seasons Europa League final out in Baku, you might be interested to know that Sunday’s guests are priced at 13/10 with Coral to claim all three points and London bragging rights this weekend.
Arteta full of praise
While new Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was disappointed to have seen his side only claim a point against Bournemouth on Boxing Day, the former Arsenal captain was full of praise for his side’s overall performance.
Speaking after their South Coast stalemate 72 hours ago, the 37-year-old said, “In terms of attitude, desire and commitment it was better than I expected.”
While Pep Guardiola’s former right-hand man may have seen a string of improvements in midweek, the former champions are still enduring their worst run in recent memory and are in a real battle to open 2020 in the top half.
On a remarkable run of form that has seen them win just one of their last 14 matches across all competitions, including losing their last three straight matches in North London, there is no doubt that Arteta will be calling on leading marksman Pierre-EmerickAubameyang to lead their charge this weekend.
Bagging his 12th goal of the season at the Vitality and providing 73% of Arsenal’s away Premier League goals this campaign, the Gabon international will undoubtedly be a major part of Arteta’s plan.
With four goals in his last six top-flight appearances, Aubameyang can be found at 4/5 with Ladbrokes to extend on his tally this weekend.
What’s going wrong at Chelsea?
Although Chelsea appeared to have bounced back in some style after picking up a 2-0 win away at Tottenham last weekend, Frank Lampard’s youthful squad once again came crashing back down to earth on Boxing Day.
Largely outplayed against Southampton in West London earlier in the week, the Blues have seen their top-four buffer cut to just three points and are on a run of form that has seen them win just one of their last four Premier League appearances.
More worrying for the former England midfielder, Sunday’s guests are enduring their worst month run since also suffering three defeats back in October 2015.
Interestingly, Lampard has pointed out his side’s issues in the final third and some lack of creativity over the festive break.
The Blues could only muster 10 shots against Southampton, their fewest in a Premier League game under Frank Lampard and fewest since April against Liverpool.
Failing to find the net in two of their last three matchups, you might be interested to know that Lampard’s side are priced as high as 4/1 with Paddy Power to draw another blank across London this weekend.