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Arsenal vs Chelsea: Can Arsenal Continue Undefeated Streak in the London Derby?

The 2022-2023 Premier League season has been a challenging one for Arsenal fans. Their team has experienced a rollercoaster ride of surprising highs followed by unnerving lows in the last four rounds. While some bookmakers have already declared that the PL title race is effectively over, Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale remains optimistic, reminding fans that “stranger things have happened”.

However, to have a chance at the title, Arsenal must secure maximum points and hope that Manchester City drops at least four.

Arsenal must continue to believe in their chances until the title becomes mathematically impossible. The revival must start with the previously postponed London derby against Chelsea. Although the rescheduling has disgruntled the hosts enough to release a club statement, Arsenal fans can take heart from the fact that their team has never lost against Chelsea in the Premier League between Tuesday-Thursday (W4, D6)!

Chelsea’s recent form suggests that they may not threaten this streak. Since former coach Frank Lampard took interim charge, Chelsea has lost all five games, their worst losing run since 1993!

The once-great club is sleepwalking towards their first bottom-half finish since 1996 and may risk losing 20 competitive games in one season for the first time since 1987/88 if they fail again here.

Managing a squad of more than 30 players is always a mammoth task for any manager, and it appears that the £500m+ gamble hasn’t paid off for Chelsea in the short term.

However, the team can at least boast a relatively respectable record in PL London derbies this season (W3, D4, L4), even if they come into this match on the back of a 2-0 defeat to West London rivals Brentford.

Arsenal’s ever-present forward Bukayo Saka is a player to watch. He has as many home league goal contributions as he has PL home appearances this season (G9, A7), and he also assisted in the reverse fixture.

Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher remains the scorer of their only goal in Lampard’s second coming.

A hot stat to consider is that Chelsea has won just one PL game against current top-half opposition this season (W1, D6, L9). This fact may give Arsenal fans some confidence that their team can secure a much-needed victory in this crucial London derby.

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