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Blues Bulletin: Arsenal vs Chelsea

The build-up to this weekend's big London derby begins here with the key pre-match stats and information you need to know ahead of Chelsea's trip to the Emirates...

Arsenal vs Chelsea head to head

Mikel Arteta (39 years and 47 days) was the youngest manager to complete a top-flight double over Chelsea since Trevor Francis in the 1991/92 season with Sheffield Wednesday, aged 37.

Chelsea’s last nine Premier League defeats against Arsenal have been with a different manager – Claudio Ranieri, Avram Grant, Felipe Scolari, Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas, Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri, Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel.

We’ve played Arsenal 203 times in all competitions, which is more than against any other club.

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Leno; Bellerin (c), Holding, Mari, Tierney; Elneny, Xhaka; Saka, Smith Rowe (Willock 64), Martinelli (Pepe 70); Lacazette (Mustafi 90+2)
Unused subs: Runarsson, Soares, Ceballos, Maitland-Niles, Nketiah, Aubameyang
Booked: Mari 15, Tierney 82
Scorers: Lacazette 35 (pen), Xhaka 44, Saka 56
Head coach: Mikel Arteta

Chelsea (4-3-3): Mendy; James, Zouma, Thiago Silva (c), Chilwell; Kovacic (Jorginho h/t), Kante (Havertz 73), Mount; Pulisic, Abraham, Werner (Hudson-Odoi h/t)
Unused subs Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Emerson, Gilmour, Giroud
Booked: Thiago Silva 73
Scorer: Abraham 85
Penalty miss: Jorginho 90+1 (saved)
Head coach: Frank Lampard

Referee: Michael Oliver

Chelsea’s defeat at Aston Villa on the final day of last season is our only loss on the road in the Premier League since Thomas Tuchel took over. The other eight away games included two draws at Southampton and Leeds and six wins at Tottenham, Sheffield Utd, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Manchester City.

Against Palace, Chalobah played 18 passes into the final third - no player across the opening weekend of fixtures played more.

Only Man Utd (688) have won more Premier League games than Chelsea (598). Arsenal are one behind the Blues on 597.

Possible Chelsea milestones

Antonio Rudiger made his 100th Premier League appearance against Crystal Palace last week.

Arsenal stats

Last season
Premier League - Eighth
FA Cup - Fourth round
League Cup - Quarter-finals
Europa League - Semi-finals
Community Shield - Winners
Top scorer all competitions: Alexandre Lacazette 13
Last season’s Premier League stats
Most appearances: Leno 35, Saka 32, Lacazette 31, Xhaka 31
Most goals: Lacazette 13, Aubabeyang 10, Pepe 10
Most assists: Willian 5, Smith Rowe 4, four on 3
Most clean sheets: Leno 11, Ryan 1
Red cards: David Luiz 1, Gabriel 1, Leno 1, Pepe 1, Xhaka 1
Most Yellow cards: Bellerin 8, Xhaka 7, Partey 5
Arsenal are opening their season with two Premier League London derbies for a second consecutive season, having played Fulham (W 3-0) and West Ham (W 2-1) last term.
In the opening fixture of the season, Brentford ended Arsenal’s run of five successive victories in the Premier League, which included their 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in May.

At the Emirates, they have won three and lost three of their last seven Premier League home games.

Last week against Brentford, Arsenal started a league campaign with a defeat against newly-promoted opposition for the first time since 1976/77 against Bristol City at Highbury.

Arsenal had 22 shots without scoring against Brentford, their most without finding the net in a Premier League match since December 2017 against West Ham (also 22).

Kieran Tierney created six chances against Brentford, more than any other player managed during the opening weekend of the 2021/22 Premier League season and the most by an Arsenal player since April 2019.

The Gunners are unbeaten in their previous eight Premier League games played on a Sunday (six wins, two draws).

Arsenal have only registered four clean sheets in their last 22 home Premier League games.

Arsenal have lost their first league match at the Emirates in five of the last 10 seasons, winning four.


Hibernian L 1-2
Rangers D 2-2
Millwall W 4-1
Watford W 4-1
Chelsea L 1-2
Tottenham L 0-1

Pre-season scorers: Lacazette 2 (1 pen), Nketiah 2, Azeez 1, Balogun 1, Chambers 1, Pepe 1, Smith Rowe 1, Tavares 1, Tierney 1, Xhaka 1

Mikel Arteta’s managerial record against Chelsea.
Won 3
Drawn 1
Lost 1


Friday 13 August 2021
Brentford 2 Arsenal 0
Team (4-2-3-1): Leno; Chambers (Tavares 81), White, Mari, Tierney; Lokonga, Xhaka (c); Pepe, Smith Rowe, Martinelli (Nelson 71); Balogun (Saka 59)

Arsenal's summer transfer window


Albert Sambi Lokonga - Anderlecht
Nuno Tavares - Benfica
Ben White - Brighton


David Luiz - Released
Matteo Guendouzi - Marseille, loan
Dinos Mavropanos - Stuttgart, loan
William Saliba - Marseille, loan
Joe Willock - Newcastle


There are no suspensions

In the Premier League, five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures have been played will result in a one-match suspension in the competition.

Premier League bookings list
Arsenal: None
Chelsea: None

Referee and VAR

Referee: Paul Tierney
VAR: Chris Kavanagh

Paul Tierney’s last Blues game was our home goalless draw with Tottenham last November.