One of the most famous matches in English football has taken a back seat in recent times. Chelsea and Arsenal have been going down two different paths for a while but in the league at least, 2022 is a battle.
It’s been a mixed blues month. They collapsed spectacularly against Brentford and in the first leg against Real Madrid.
However, they bounced back in a big way by hitting Southampton for six players. Although the victory over Madrid did not escape elimination from the Champions League, coach Thomas Tuchel’s side reached the FA Cup Final.
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It has been an increasingly fraught year for the club with the entire penalty saga. The process of finding new ownership continues while the contract status is with the possibility of some players leaving.
Romelu Lukaku’s problems continue with Mason Mount and Kai Havertz shouldering the burden of goal-scoring. Tuchel knows that facing Arsenal will not be easy this time and he will be ready.
Not a happy few weeks for Arsenal. A string of consecutive losses left them in fifth place, three points behind Tottenham Hotspur. Although they have a game in hand, Manchester United are level on points in sixth place.
All of these defeats came against teams that Mikel Arteta had expected to beat. He said the same thing in post-match interviews.
💬 “It’s a huge disappointment. I think everyone in the dressing room knows it’s not enough but we have to stick together and get back to winning ways.”
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Arsenal April 16 2022
The indifference of all their attacking players was a major hindrance. Alexandre Lacazette struggled all season but was joined by Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe.
What should Arteta do to change the fortunes of the club? It’s hard to say how the first season’s hopes have dwindled somewhat. A positive result against Chelsea would go a long way to impressing the fans once again.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell are the only long-term absentees. The midfield mix will be fun to watch.
potential line: soggy. Rudiger, Silva, Christensen; James, Kante; Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Havertz; Werner
Kieran Tierney will miss the season. Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu were also the biggest losers.
potential line: Ramsdale. Cedric, Gabriel; White, Tavares; Shaka, Lokonga; Smith Roe, Odegaard, Saka; Martinelli
There has been a rise in shape for quite a few blues. Mason Mount was among the brightest of the lot. The attacking midfielder scored 10 goals and eight assists. In the last win form, Mount scored four goals and two assists. The unwavering youth of Tuchel helped him in his player greatly. Mount plays behind the main striker and is an expert at finding teammates.
Mason Mount has been directly involved in 6 goals in the last 3 matches:
⚽️⚽️🅰️ vs Southampton
⚽️🅰️ vs Real Madrid
⚽️ vs Crystal Palace
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Furthermore, his excellent shooting technique and mastery on set pieces always come in handy. The greatest help for a mountain was the willing runners around it. Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, and both full-backs are always there for support. Tuchel knows Mount will be a key player in unlocking Arsenal’s defence. Partey’s absence will hurt with Albert Lukunga not reaching the level of the Premier League yet.
For Arsenal, hope lies in their young strikers and Bukayo Saka in particular. Nine goals and five assists in 31 games was a very good return. Saka has finally found his place on the right flank and is a constant threat to the full-back. He would have scored against Southampton but infallible Fraser-Forster.
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Saka was the perfect way out when the defensive line came under pressure. He can run with the ball fast and is hard to stop. Marcos Alonso is not as fast as he was and wouldn’t have imagined facing Saka. Therefore, if the young Englishman managed to get into dangerous areas, then his colleagues could expect good service.
In short, winning is vital for both sides. Therefore, the match will not be played defensively. Chelsea need to boost third place, and Arsenal want the Champions League back. Furthermore, the precarious position of the top four means that there is a lot of riding in this game on the far side. football A 2-1 win is expected for the Blues.