Chelsea to make their point at the Emirates
Arsene Wenger has never got the better of Jose Mourinho in head-to-head duels on the touchline but this weekend would be a good time for the Arsenal manager to end that hoodoo.
Arsenal are 10 points adrift of their London rivals in the Premier League with only six games remaining. Catching the Blues remains a long shot but victory at the Emirates would at least give Chelsea fans a couple of sleepless nights between now and the end of the season and strengthen Arsenal hopes of a top three spot, thus avoiding an early return to training and the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.
Sunday, of course, sees the return of Cesc Fabregas to the Emirates. Wenger was criticized for not bringing the prodigal son back to north London at the start of the season when Arsenal apparently had first option. The funds were spent instead of Alexis Sanchez but Gooners can have few complaints with how the Chilean has performed this season.
Chelsea are facing a potential striker crisis ahead of their trip to the Emirates. Diego Costa, who scored when the Blues beat Arsenal at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, is unlikely to be risked having only just returned to training. Didier Drogba has an ankle injury while Loic Remy isn’t match-fit. Mourinho could throw teenager Dominic Solanke in at the deep end but will still be confident of getting a result. His side haven’t lost since overturned by Bradford City in the FA Cup at the end of January and have only been beaten twice in the Premier League all season – they’ve won their last four by a single-goal margin so know how to grind out results and they’ll be quite happy for Arsenal to make all the running in this one.
A draw would be an acceptable result for Chelsea and they can take a point at 11/5. Arsenal usually score so it could pay to back the 1-1 correct score at 22/5.
The match kicks off at 4.00pm on Sunday, April 26 at the Emirates.