Our second fixture of pre-season takes us to north London for the opening game of The Mind Series. Here we look forward to it and explain how you can catch all the action from the Emirates…
Before the men play at 3pm on Sunday, Chelsea Women take on their Arsenal counterparts, a game you can also watch live on this website and the 5th Stand app. Kick-off in that one is at 12.15pm.
Chelsea team news
Thomas Tuchel used 21 different players in the win at Bournemouth on Tuesday, getting a good look at many he had never seen in a Chelsea shirt before, some of whom he acknowledged won’t be here next season.
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.
Our goalscorers at Bournemouth, Ike Ugbo and Armando Broja, will hope to get more match action after shining as subs in midweek.
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.
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.
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.
How to watch Arsenal vs Chelsea
The game, as well as the women’s fixture before it, will be available to WATCH LIVE on the 5th Stand app and the Chelsea website at a cost of £7.99.
The Mind Series
Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are playing each other as part of The Mind Series, raising money and awareness for Mind and each club’s respective foundations, and supporting better mental health.
Demand for Mind’s services, including its Infoline, has increased exponentially during the pandemic, with latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics showing one in five adults experiencing symptoms of depression, compared to one in 10 prior to the pandemic.
Mind’s own survey of 16,000 people during the initial lockdown also found that two in three young people (68 per cent) and three in five adults (60 per cent) said their mental health had got worse.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are uniting with Mind to raise vital funds and use our joint global reach and platforms to promote mental health awareness as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.