Arsenal vs Chelsea predictions: Premier League clash preview – latest odds and analysis

Arteta apologises to Arsenal fans after defeat at Brentford

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Arsenal take on Chelsea this weekend, with both teams in desperate need of a win. The Gunners are trying to pick up their first three points of the season, while Chelsea will be hoping to maintain their place at the top end of the Premier League table.

Arsenal go into the tie after being stunned by newly-promoted Brentford last week.

The Bees ran out 2-0 winners in their first-ever Premier League match, condemning Arteta to even more pressure.

Arsenal were without strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette for the match, and were noticeably poor in front of goal.

There were, however, debuts for Ben White and Albert Sambi Lokonga.

Meanwhile, Chelsea started their season with a resounding 3-0 win over city rivals Crystal Palace.

Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic scored before the halftime break, before youngster Trevor Chalobah slammed in a third on 58 minutes.

The Blues have been tipped to challenge for the league title this season, after winning last campaign’s Champions League.

Chelsea will also have striker Romelu Lukaku for the remainder of the season, after sealing a £98million transfer from Inter Milan this week.

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Arsenal vs Chelsea team news

The Gunners could have Aubameyang and Lacazette back for their match on Sunday afternoon.

But Arteta will still definitely be without Eddie Nketiah, Thomas Partey, and Gabriel through injury.

Chelsea will be hoping to give Lukaku some game time after leaving quarantine.

There’s late fitness tests for N’Golo Kante and Hakim Ziyech.

Football expert Mark Lawrenson has predicted a tight 1-1 draw at the Emirates this weekend.

He told BBC Sport: “It is going to be interesting to see how Chelsea’s new £97.5m striker Romelu Lukaku fits into their side, and whether Arsenal can stop him.

“Mikel Arteta has not taken charge of many Gunners games in front of a full stadium and, the last time he did, he wasn’t under the same pressure he is facing now.

“We don’t know which strikers Arteta has available, but I think he will be cautious anyway rather than trying to have a real go at Chelsea.

“What he doesn’t need in his situation is to lose two consecutive matches, especially to two London clubs, which I always think makes it worse.”

Arsenal vs Chelsea odds – Grosvenor Sport

Arsenal win – 19/5

Draw – 11/4

Chelsea – 3/4

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