Arsenal take the short trip across London to visit Chelsea this afternoon knowing that they are going to have a tough time stopping Unai Emery become the first manager to lose the opening two League games in a very very long time!
Mark Lawrenson has admitted that he is unsure whether he was right to tip Arsenal to finish in fourth place in the Premier League this season. The clinical nature of Arsenal's game will be questioned after those haunting misses but so should the ease at which Chelsea penetrated the Arsenal backline.
The 19-year-old Matteo Guendouzi was once again given a start and once again impressed at the heart of Arsenal's midfield.
After 52 minutes, the Gunners put themselves in trouble when Pedro dispossessed Mustafi and found Kante, whose shot was blocked by Papastathopoulos with Chelsea claiming handball, before Cech stopped Barkley's low shot.More news: Elon Musk tweets probed for possibly breaking law
But it wasn't all ideal for Jorginho and Chelsea.
"This is the story of the first half defensively for Arsenal".
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson has admitted that he has been forced to revise his prediction that Arsenal will secure a return to the top four in Emery's debut campaign.More news: Serena learned sister's killer was released before loss
Emery, however, has been handed a timely boost ahead of only his second Premier League outing.
That's a good thing for both clubs as they aim to get back into the top four by playing different ways, nearly polar opposites, to last season. On the whole, he was one of Arsenal's better performers. There is a Plan A, to get the ball wide and time runs to perfection.
For Chelsea, it's the opposite.
"They've got no idea of where people are on the pitch". Saturday proved it will be nerve-wracking for their fans but quite a lot of fun for neutrals.More news: Worldwide friendlies: Tite brings in young blood for Brazil squad