A Mouthwatering London derby takes place in game-week two of the new Premier League season, as Arsenal lock horns with Chelsea at the Emirates stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners started the new campaign in a disappointing way, suffered 2-0 defeat at Brentford last Friday, whereas Thomas Tuchel’s men eased to a 3-0 success over Crystal Palace.
Despite Mikel Arteta’s men made perfect start to the game by dominating possession, unfortunately it was Brentford, who took the lead through Sergi Canos.
The attacking midfielder broken the deadlock inside the 22nd minute before Christian Norgaard bullied his way through the Arsenal defence to propel the Bees to a historic win in the second half of the game.
Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Willian were all missed the clash due to contracted with Covid-19, which given Mikel Arteta to handed Folarin Balogun his first start in the Premier League last week.
Many believed that a campaign without European football would only benefit Arsenal domestically, but the Gunners – albeit one depleted by injuries and illnesses – kicked off the season in the manner that Gooners feared following an equally woeful pre-season campaign.
However, as disgruntled supporters prepare to make their return to the Emirates, Mikel Arteta’s men can take some solace in the fact that they claimed back-to-back wins in their final two home games last term, although they were against Brighton & Hove Albion and West Bromwich Albion.
Having had 22 shots without finding the back of the net against Brentford, the potential absences of Lacazette and Aubameyang are well and truly felt in the Emirates ranks, and worryingly, five of Arsenal’s last 10 opening home games have ended in defeat.
Ahead of tantalising London derby clash against Chelsea, Mikel Arteta has received huge boost concerning the situation of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after made returned to London Colney on Saturday morning.
The Gabon international, who missed last week matches against Brentford due to contracted with Covid-19, trained alongside the rest of Mikel Arteta’s squad on Saturday but Lacazette, Willian still remains in isolation.
After take part in Saturday’s training session, Aubameyang has took his official social media account to send a huge boost message to entirely Gunners team and fan across the continent.
The 32-year-old forward wrote: ‘Back out there ⚡️and his latest message means, ready to face Chelsea, which is huge boost for entirely Gunners team, who looking for the first winning this season after a dismal 2-0 defeat at Brentford last week.
Ben White, on the other hand, likely to missed Sunday’s Premier League visit of Chelsea, after the Englishman missed Arsenal’s last two training session.
According to football.london writer Connor Humm, Ben White, who made his competitive debut for the Gunners during their opening-day trip to Brentford, left the Arsenal base before training commenced on Friday.
Humm wrote on Twitter: ‘The players usually have COVID tests before training. I understand that on Friday Ben White left before training started and didn’t return. Not pictured in any training pictures today either. Unconfirmed but probably going to miss Chelsea.’
Martin Odegaard is likely to miss the clash due to paperwork issue but Aaron Ramsdale could be as back-up option for Bernd Leno against Chelsea.
Odegaard and Ramsdale are two players that added to Mikel Arteta current squad following the arrival of Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, and Ben White.
Gabriel Magalheas also back to individual training session at London Colney, in hope of getting back to action as soon as possible.
Full Arsenal squad available to face Chelsea:
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Aaron Ramsdale
Defenders: Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin, Cedric Soares, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers, Nuno Tavares.
Midfielders: Granit Xhaka, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Mohamed Elneny, Emile Smith-Rowe.
Wingers: Nicolas Pepe, Reiss Nelson, Bukayo Saka.
Strikers: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Folarin Balogun, Gabriel Martinelli.
Where is the match being played? at the Emirates stadium.
When is kick off? Sunday 22 August, at 4:30PM
Where to watch Arseno vs Chelsea
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.