Ramsey pops up everywhere on the pitch and will boss the game if he’s not checked
They same time flies. With the opening day loss to Burnley. Chelsea looked like a team in crises but after going on a 4 match winning streak in all competitions they look like a team back in form.
Arsenals form of two wins in two games is the tonic they need going to this big one especially after the shambolic loss to Liverpool and there’s no better sight seeing Sanchez back among the goals in the Europa League . Arsenal emerged victorious in the cup games against Chelsea last season but a record of consecutive loss at Stamford Bridge for the past 5 years shows the uphill task they face.
A major feature of Arsenals success in cup games against Chelsea is Wenger’s switch to a back three Contes favoured formation.
Eden Hazard vs Mustafi : If Hazard starts he going to play on the left of Chelsea’s front three but he loves drifting infield where a duel with Mustafi will be on the cards. Mustafi plays on the right of Arsenals back three. Mustafi is strong and aggressive , but will struggle with the trickery and bust of speed of Hazard.
Aaron Ramsey Vs Bakayoko : Kante will chase and close down Arsenals attackers leaving Bakayoko with the responsibility to keep tab on Ramsey where his tactical discipline will be tested. Ramsey pops up everywhere on the pitch and will boss the game if he’s not checked . He will time his run perfectly from midfield to score goals another quality Bakayoko would have to keep tabs on.
WHERE THE GAME WILL BE WON AND LOST
The Wing Backs : You would expect me to make mention of Chelsea’s wingbacks but Arsenal wingbacks have been a delight to watch this season.Kolasinac is aggressive and Bellerin have got pace,they love the by-line and can stretch teams with their willingness to bomb forward when they get the chance. There’s a possibility that Chelsea wingbacks Moses and Alonso will sit back more to curtail Arsenals threat on the wings having a negative effect when Chelsea are on the front foot.
Chelseas front three vs Arsenals back three: Arsenal back line is well known to crack under pressure. There’s always a tendency to lose shape and become disorganized Be rest assured players like Hazard, Pedro and Willian and Morata will test them with their movement trying to draw the back three out of position creating space for Morata .
There’s also the possibility of isolating Morata and Monreal when crosses come into Arsenals box. Morata has aerial prowess and Montreal looks like the weak link there.
Positive result for Arsenal either a win or draw.