Chelsea vs Arsenal: All you need to know – Prediction, kick-off time, team news and odds
Chelsea host London rivals Arsenal on Saturday evening and will aim to continue building momentum under Mauricio Pochettino and improve upon their recent record against the Gunners.
The Blues have lost five of their last six Premier League meetings with Arsenal, including both in 2022/23, and have not beaten them at Stamford Bridge since August 2018.
However, after a difficult start to the season, Chelsea have bounced back in their last two matches with wins at Fulham and Burnley prior to the international break.
Arsenal will make the short trip to Chelsea full of confidence, as they are one of two sides, along with Tottenham Hotspur, yet to be beaten in the Premier League so far this campaign and are second in the table.
Chelsea will be without striker Armando Broja, but Benoit Badiashile could be involved. Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo are available following international duty in South America.
Arsenal will make late assessments over Bukayo Saka, William Saliba and Leandro Trossard.
Last five meetings
02 May 2023: Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea
06 Nov 2022: Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal
20 Apr 2022: Chelsea 2-4 Chelsea
22 Aug 2021: Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea
12 May 2021: Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal
Chelsea have lost five of their last six Premier League matches against Arsenal, as many defeats as they’d suffered in their previous 25 against them (W14 D6).
Mauricio Pochettino has also never lost a Premier League home match against Arsenal, winning three and drawing three of his six such meetings. Overall, his sides have only failed to score in two of his 13 league matches with the Gunners, though they’ve never scored more than twice in a match.
Arsenal have won each of their last three away league matches against Chelsea – they could become the first side to win four in a row against the Blues at Stamford Bridge since Watford between 1981 and 1986.
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 15 league London derbies (W11 D4), the third-longest such run in Premier League history after Chelsea (20 between 2004 and 2006) and the Gunners themselves (35 between 2001 and 2005).
What the managers said
Mikel Arteta: “It’s a big game and we know that there is a big history between the two clubs and the type of games we have played against them. It’s a very different one I think.
“This season, I’ve been really impressed by Chelsea, they deserve much more than what they’ve got on the table. I think what Mauricio has done in such a short time is phenomenal and we’re going to have to be at our best tomorrow.”
Mauricio Pochettino: “I prefer the tough fixtures. We are thinking to win tomorrow. We respect Arsenal, it’s a great team. It’s going to be tough because they are doing a great job.
“We are confident we can give our best and play a very good game.”