There’s nothing like a good old fashioned derby to kick start the weekend.
On Saturday two of London’s most successful teams face off at Stamford Bridge, with Arsenal looking to continue their run of fine form against a Chelsea squad currently embroiled in controversy.
And both teams are coming off respectful 2-1 wins in the League Cup, but the similarities end there.
After enduring a highly documented rough start to their season, Arsene Wenger’s men are finally coming together and producing the attractive football Gunners fans are used to.
Wenger is also starting to see some important players come back to the fold, and it appears better days are in store for the manager. It seems like just recently the manager was public enemy No. 1 and his job was at risk, but he has guided his men valiantly through the criticism and skepticism.
Andre Villas-Boas on the other hand has faced just about everything during his short stint in charge of Chelsea, and with a fresh batch of issues on his plate, winning at home is the only thing on the young manager’s mind.
Chelsea’s mega roster of big names and huge salaries sit six points behind the league leaders Manchester City, and Arsenal have shot up the table to seventh after picking up crucial wins.
Just like previous London derbies, I expect the drama and intensity to extend throughout the entire 90 minutes, and most experts pick Chelsea to come out on top.
But Arsenal have not let outside opinions affect them all year, and this Saturday the Gunners will come in and take a massive three points from their neighbors.
Let’s examine 5 reasons why the Gunners will emerge victorious over Chelsea Saturday.