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Arsenal’s crisis was deepened by a comprehensive 4-1 defeat hosting Man City in the League Cup and it leaves them with just three wins from their past 11 across all competitions (W3-D2-L6).
Even those victories came against weaker outfits Molde, Rapid Vienna and Dundalk in the Europa League, as it’s been almost two months now since the Gunners last tasted success domestically.
In the league alone Arsenal have lost eight times already, which is over half their games this season, including their current run of five defeats from seven winless outings.
They’ve lost six of nine encounters with current top-half sides this season, including defeats to the likes of Liverpool, Man City, Leicester and Spurs, so visitors Chelsea are well worth getting behind here.
Arsenal were accused for many years of being a soft touch in the physical battles and although Mikel Arteta initially added some steel to their mentality, lifting the FA Cup and Community Shield, the tight-unit approach has had devastating consequences at the sharp end of the field.
Chelsea To Beat Arsenal
Only Burnley, Sheffield Utd and West Brom have scored fewer goals than Arsenal this term, with the Gunners netting a pitiful four times across their last 10 fixtures.
Mesut Ozil remains in limbo and star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a major doubt for this clash, so the prospects of Arsenal re-discovering their shooting boots appear slim.
Those absentees aren’t the only headache for Arteta however, with midfield duo Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey suspended and injured respectively, though he should look forward to having the promising Gabriel Martinelli back soon to help freshen up his attack.
Frank Lampard has enjoyed a relatively easy time on the injury front this season, but first-choice full-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell are both slight doubts for this clash, as is winger Hakim Ziyech.
All three of those contribute to Chelsea’s attacking moves, so there’s a danger this game could lack that creative spark.
Tammy Abraham’s late brace against West Ham put some gloss on the 3-0 scoreline last time out, but Chelsea haven’t been firing on all cylinders of late, as they scored just twice across their previous three matches against Wolves, Everton and Krasnodar. Still, they’re W9-D2-L2 in all competitions since late October and should edge this meeting.
Chelsea To Win 1-0, 2-0, 2-1 Multi
Nine of Arsenal’s 13 league defeats under Arteta have come by one-goal margins, with five finishing 2-1 and four ending 1-0.
The Spaniard clearly feels he lacks the attacking tools to go toe-to-toe with an expensively assembled team like Chelsea, but with defeat the likely outcome, the multi-bet appears to cover all angles.