Chelsea v Arsenal: European ambitions at stake for both

A victory for the Blues would be a huge boost for their Champions League ambitions while defeat for Arsenal could see them miss out altogether - says David Johnstone.

David Johnstone

Chelsea face Arsenal at Stamford Bridge knowing that a victory would almost certainly see them secure a top-four place.

However, defeat for Arsenal could well see the Gunners losing out on a European place for the first time in 25 seasons.

The 5-2 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion aside, since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea’s form has been imperious.

With the exception of that game, the Blues are unbeaten under the German’s tutorage and their steel, determination and team spirit was underlined by last Saturday’s 2-1 win at the Etihad against Champions elect Manchester City.

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However, Arsenal will look to recapture the form that saw them defeat Chelsea 3-1 at the Emirates on Boxing Day, a game in which recently out of favour Tammy Abraham scored The Blues’ consolation.

In last season’s corresponding meeting, Chelsea welcomed Arsenal to Stamford Bridge, it was honours even with a penalty converted by Jorginho and a goal scored by César Azpilicueta earning their side a 2-2 draw.

My bet for this game will be yet another any-time goal for Timo Werner at 2.75 as well as one for Kai Havertz at 2.90 which are both available with our friends from FansBet.

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About the Author

David JohnstoneLondoner David Johnstone is a home, away and European away Chelsea supporter and has missed just six matches since 2001 (although he’s quick to state there are plenty of other supporters with better attendance records than him).

He has been involved with the fanzine scene at Chelsea since around 1991 and started the ‘cfcuk’ fanzine in 1999 which was, until Mr Abramovich bought the club in 2003, named ‘Matthew Harding’s Blue And White Army’.

David was also responsible for forming both the Chelsea Supporters’ Group and the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust which are the main two bodies that represent the followers of Chelsea FC and take their concerns to those running the club.

A founder of the highly regarded Chelsea FanCast weekly podcast (but is no longer involved) and responsible for the crowd surfing banners and supporter displays that are seen in the Matthew Harding Stand at Stamford Bridge on matchday.

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