Arsenal are preparing to face London rivals and English champions at Stamford Bridge on Sunday lunchtime. No doubt, it is a very difficult game and one that could prove crucial to the Gunners season.
On paper, Arsenal look unlikely to win at Stamford Bridge and you would have to be a brave man to back the Gunners to emerge from south west London with a win. However, the performance of a weakened team in the second half of Thursday 3-1 win over Koln should give the visitors some encouragement.
Sanchez not sulking
The fact that Alexis Sanchez is not sulking is a major plus for the Gunners. The Chilean is very expressive with his emotions on the field and you just never know what sort of mood he is likely to be in.
However, his goal to give the Gunners the lead was trademark Sanchez. He picked the ball up on the wing and produced a moment of magic out of absolutely nothing. It is for those moments that the former Barcelona star is special.
That is why Arsenal were so desperate to hold onto him and that is why Manchester City wanted to sign him in the summer. When he is on his game the Chilean international can cause any defence problems.
If Arsenal are to record a positive result at Chelsea, then they will need Sanchez to be on top form.
Kolasinac showing his attacking threat once more
I have talked about Sead Kolasinac’s attacking threat in previous articles. The former Schalke star was on the pitch for just four minutes when he scored a superb volley to level the game against Koln.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina defender has now scored once and produced two assists in his four Arsenal appearances so far. He may be classified as a defender, but he does possess a great power and strength when venturing forward from a wing-back position.
Arsenal’s team will be very different at Chelsea
The starting line-up from the Koln game will be very different to the team that lines up against Chelsea. However, there are still positives to take from the win for the Gunners. Many may deride the Europa League, but it could prove a decent competition for the team from north London.
It means that Gunners have now won their two previous games in all competitions, having scored six times in the process. Let us hope that scoring run continues at Chelsea!
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