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A new era local derby in London


Chelsea welcome local rivals Arsenal to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League this weekend.

The Blues will be eager to make it 2 from 2 and continue their winning run under Maurizio Sarri.

However, the Gunners will be looking to spoil the party for their Blue neighbors and possibly get their first win and first 3 points of the Premier League under Unai Emery.

Ahead of the game which promises to be exciting, here are some points we’ve noted:

Arsenal appear to have gotten the better of Chelsea in recent meetings although it’s a painful one to admit.

The last 8 competitive games between the two sides have seen the Gunners emerge with 3 wins, while Chelsea can boast of just 1. The rest are draws.

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This is a far cry from what used to be attainable in a Chelsea vs Arsenal game before Antonio Conte’s arrival. Hopefully, Chelsea does a number on Arsenal this weekend under Sarri.

Arsene Wenger is gone and this should be the first local derby between the two clubs without him in about 22 years.

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The derby sees new manager Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri square up to each other. These are unfamiliar faces in the derby.

There is also the huge possibility that different styles of play will be on display on the day.

Asides from these two major points, we’ll get to see a game between Arsenal and Chelsea with very close possession stats.

We’ll also get to see both teams try to build from the back and outwit each other in the process. Gone are the days of ‘TUM TUM GBOSA’ and ‘BUS PARKING’ at Stamford Bridge. In comes exciting and pattern oriented footie.

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They both met in pre-season and it ended in a 1 all draw. Arsenal won on penalties. However, the results at full time this weekend will suffice.

Sarri and his men will be eager to emerge with maximum points from Stamford Bridge in this one, and hopefully, it turns out to be the case.


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