Chelsea won the reverse of this fixture less than a month ago in just Mikel Arteta’s second game in the Gunners’ dugout.
The outcome was a familiar one, with Arsenal losing to a ‘Big Six’ rival, but there was certainly an improvement from them that day and the Spaniard has only had more time to work with his squad since then.
The visitors are unbeaten in four now across all competitions, beating Man Utd and Leeds at the Emirates, while producing 1-1 stalemates away at Palace and at home to Sheffield Utd as they threw away leads in both of those games.
Arsenal are actually making a habit of throwing away leads under Arteta, having taken the lead in each of their last four league games, and squandering it in three.
Chelsea are hanging on to fourth place more as a consequence of Spurs and Man Utd dropping points rather than their own brilliance, and in the league alone they’re just W4-D1-L6 since the November international break.
The latest outing saw them downed by Newcastle at St. James’ Park, while this spell has also included home defeats to the likes of West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton.
Chelsea And Arsenal To Draw
The Blues have only won four of 11 top-flight games at Stamford Bridge this term and so we couldn’t get behind them at the prices. However, despite improvements under Mikel Arteta, the Gunners have still only won twice in their last 15 league outings.
Across all competitions, Arsenal have drawn seven of their last nine road trips, while in the league alone it’s four of five under either Freddie Ljungberg or Mikel Arteta.
Chelsea’s record against the ‘Big Six’ or this season’s Leicester isn’t exactly spectacular in recent times either. They’re W8-D6-L10 in such matches across all tournaments since the start of last term, while at Stamford Bridge, they’ve gone W4-D4-L3 during this period.
Frank Lampard can however take comfort in the fact that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won’t be available to face his side, with the Gabon international still suspended following his red card at Selhurst Park recently.
However, with the impressive Gabriel Martinelli available as a replacement, and considering Aubameyang hasn’t really excelled against Chelsea in the past with just one goal from four 90-minute appearances, the draw still holds our attention.
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