Arsenal vs Chelsea H2H LIVE Football Score 31/7/2021
Arsenal have bolstered their ranks with the signings of midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht and left-back Nuno Taveres from Benfica. David Luiz departed on a free after two years at the Emirates, with Brighton’s Ben White joining to replace him.
The game will be over a week after our German, French and Croatian contingent returned to Cobham for training. The likes of N’Golo Kante and Kai Havertz didn’t feature at the Vitality Stadium, but there is a chance they will receive their first minutes of pre-season at Arsenal.
Arsenal have already played four pre-season fixtures and have been one of the busier sides in the transfer market. On a mini-tour of Scotland, they lost 2-1 to Hibernian and then drew 2-2 with Rangers. Back at their training ground in London Colney, they have beaten Millwall and Watford 4-1 in the past week.
Pre-season suddenly doesn’t feel like a series of friendly matches anymore. Whenever Chelsea come up on the fixture list there is no love lost. Arsenal hosting them at the Emirates just adds fuel to the fire.
Up until this point pre-season has been an enjoyable period for the club. There have been disruptions and less than favourable results but the overriding consensus is that the team is getting fitter and stronger. Long may that continue on Sunday.
Mikel Arteta’s side finished in eighth position last season and disappointed in the cups. For the first time in 25 years, they will not be competing in European competition this term, so the Spaniard will be determined to use the extra time between games to help the Gunners challenge for the Champions League positions once again.
With only three signings in the bag for Mikel Arteta the transfer window remains as important as ever with the clock ticking down to Premier League opening day. The window slams shut on August 31 so time is on the Gunners’ side, but a few more before that date would go down a treat.
Chelsea, meanwhile, find themselves in a comfortable position of being Champions League winners and strong in multiple departments. When you’ve got that trophy in the cabinet then you’re clearly not in need of major surgery.
Arsenal vs. Chelsea, Arsene Wenger vs. Jose Mourinho, these are some of the greatest rivalries the English game has ever seen. Over the course of 106 years and some 180 matches, the Gunners and the Pensioners have etched out one of the most contested clashes in football.
Their meetings now provide some of the most eagerly awaited Premier League matches in the calender.
Ask Wenger or Mourinho or any Chelsea or Arsenal fan who their main rivals are and neither name is likely to drip off the tongue first. While the North London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and the Gunners is obviously king in London, the rivalry between Arsenal and Chelsea is actually longer running and has been played across more games.
Arsenal and Chelsea first met each other on Saturday, November 9, 1907 when the Blues won 2-1. They last met on October 29 of this year in the Capital One Cup when Chelsea, once again, came out on top.
Including those two matches, the Pensioners and Gunners have met 180 times.
With only a couple of friendlies to go until the Premier League season starts, Arsenal and Mikel Arteta are likely to take their upcoming friendlies against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur pretty seriously.
Friendlies or not, they’re also London derbies, so there’s a little bit of pride at stake. Combine that with how little time there is left to prepare for the season and you’d expect Arteta to name a strong lineup to start the match.
At the same time, there are probably still a couple of positions up for grabs in the team to face Brentford, so nothing is nailed-on just yet. Here’s our predicted Arsenal lineup to face Chelsea.
Ben White should have completed his move to Arsenal by Sunday (he hasn’t at the time of writing), but it still might be an ask for him to start the match given the tight turnaround. We’re likely set for another round of pairing Pablo Mari and Rob Holding instead.
In the full-back positions, you’d expect Kieran Tierney and Calum Chambers to be the first-choice options at the moment, though there’s certainly competition from Nuno Tavares, Cedric Soares, and Hector Bellerin – despite rumours of an exit.