Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says the Gunners have to win against the defending champions in Sunday afternoon’s Premier League at Stamford Bridge to prove they are still a top side. The former striker believes Arsenal need to “show they mean business” by beating the best sides in the division, as that’s the only way their hopes of winning the title will be taken seriously.
“The ideal response to all the Arsenal negativity would be victory at the Bridge. (Beating Bournemouth) is not where they should be proving themselves. To show they mean business they need to go and win at places like Chelsea. And not to shut people up, not to prove a point to pundits, fans or journalists. But to prove to themselves that they can step up to the plate when the task is at its toughest,” he said in a column for The Sun.
Arsenal are currently 12th in the Premier League table with six points from four games this season, having lost two of their last three ahead of the meeting with Chelsea. The Gunners haven’t managed a point or a goal on the road from their two away outings early on, and haven’t beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since 2011. Such poor away form, coupled with the Blues’ three consecutive league wins, sees Arsenal as underdogs.
Arsene Wenger’s men are 10/3 to win against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, but their record against the top sides on the road has left a lot to be desired in recent seasons – two wins in their last 21 against the top-six since 2013/14. A win this weekend could boost Arsenal’s title hopes and prove to many that they do have what it takes.
That remains to be seen, however, given Stoke City and Liverpool have beaten the Gunners this season without reply. Arsenal can’t afford another defeat, and as Henry has stated, the only way to prove title credentials is by beating your direct rivals in the table.