Three key battles in Chelsea's Premier League tie against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge
In one of the weekend’s most anticipated Premier League games, Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in what is one of the biggest games in the Premier League calendar.
Both sides come into the game off of very good results in their respective European games, with the Blues putting six past Azerbaijan team Qarabag FK whilst Arsenal began their Europa League campaign with a 3-1 victory over Germany’s Cologne.
The Gunners have had the best of Chelsea in recent meetings, with victories in both the FA Cup and the Community Shield. However, this Premier League game could have a big impact on the two teams and their successes this season. But, where will this game be won or lost?
Alexandre Lacazette vs David Luiz
Alexandre Lacazette looks like one of the signings of the summer. Two goals in just three Premier League games is a fantastic start for the number nine, and at the price of just £49 million, in today’s market, looks like an absolute bargain.
The outcome of Sunday’s match could well hinge upon the performance of Lacazette, and whether or not he is able to get past David Luiz. The Brazilian has been impressive in the middle of Chelsea’s back three, but the Arsenal striker will provide a stern test for him.
If he was to roam slightly out of position, Lacazette may take full advantage and punish Antonio Conte’s men by sticking the ball in the back of the net.
Eden Hazard vs Sead Kolasinac
One summer signing against what will feel like a new player for many Blues fans, Eden Hazard’s return to Conte’s side has been long anticipated and he will come up against a formidable Sead Kolasinac.
The ex-Schalke left-back, in his short time in England, has already proved he has the grit and physicality to shape up in the Premier League, but his toughest test may come on Sunday.
Eden Hazard is a nightmare for any defender and the Belgian will be hungry for goals with a point to prove to his manager as he looks to force himself back into the Chelsea XI.
Alexis Sanchez vs N’Golo Kante
Two players who have been on everyone’s lips the past few seasons, the duel between Alexis Sanchez and N’Golo Kante will be very important in determining this tie.
While it will be Victor Moses’ job to keep an eye on Sanchez, Kante could be crucial in keeping the Chilean quiet. As seen in the build-up to the Arsenal man’s stunner against Cologne, the German defence let him cut inside.
Kante’s positioning in midfield could stop Sanchez working his way inside, instead, forcing him down the wing and allowing Moses to challenge him. The Chelsea midfielder’s tactical knowledge will be tested thoroughly and Blues fans will be hoping he passes with flying colours.
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