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Chelsea are planning to end the 2020/21 season on a high and one of the contributing factors would be to finish in the top four and secure qualification for next season’s Champions League. The Blues have a tough final run-in in the league but go into this game off the back of a big win over Manchester City in which they scored in second-half injury time to jump to third.
The win was another big result for Thomas Tuchel, his second over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in his short spell in London so far, having also bested them in the FA Cup semi-final. Chelsea play the FA Cup final against Leicester at the weekend, which may affect their starting XI for this game, but the Blues will still want to add to Arsenal’s misery.
While Chelsea have been thriving over the past week, Arsenal saw their Champions League hopes dashed both via the league and Europa League routes. The Gunners are 11 points behind fourth-placed Leicester City with just three games left to play and were knocked out of the Europa League semi-finals by Villarreal.
Mikel Arteta’s side rebounded with a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, sealing the Baggies’ regulation while keeping their own slim European hopes alive. With FA Cup finalists Chelsea and Leicester almost certainly guaranteed European football through their league position, a seventh-placed finish in the Premier League would bring Europa Conference League football. Arsenal are currently four points behind seventh-placed Tottenham but know a win would keep the pressure on.
Chelsea vs Arsenal: Match Stats
At the start of Tuchel’s Chelsea reign, the Blues worked on not being beaten by their ‘Big Six’ counterparts and secured goalless draws against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. But Chelsea have started to turn those into wins, beating Man City twice across all competitions and Liverpool in the league, while they are also unbeaten at home against Arsenal since 2011.
One of Tuchel’s more recent changes to his starting XI has been Kai Havertz playing the False No.9 role, spearheading the attacking trio. In his last Premier League appearance, Havertz scored two goals against Fulham and continued to terrorise Real Madrid’s defence in the Champions League albeit without scoring. If rotation is on the cards, Havertz could start and cause Arsenal’s defence woes.
26 December 2020 – Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea – Premier League
1 August 2020 – Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea – FA Cup
21 January 2020 – Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal – Premier League
29 December 2019 – Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea – Premier League
29 May 2019 – Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal – Europa League
Arsenal are unbeaten in their past three games against Chelsea across all competitions, winning the last two including the 2019/20 FA Cup final. They haven’t won three in a row against Chelsea in all competitions since February 2004 when they managed four.