Will it be the same as it was under Mourinho?
The London derby was special in the recent past because of the rivalry between Wenger and Mourinho – both on and off the field. With the Portuguese tactician no longer in charge of the Blues, the pre-match intensity may no longer be the same as it was then. But there is no doubting the intensity during the match which promises to be feisty as ever.
Antonio Conte looked out of sorts against a rampant Liverpool but he would love the style of Arsenal which suits his own style. He may try to keep stifling their strikers while depending on the antics of Diego Costa up front.
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Apart from his usual absentees due to injury, Wenger will not be missing any for this vital clash. The form of Lucas Perez over the midweek EFL clash could get him thinking but it is hard to see the Spaniard starting the derby.
Chelsea fought back brilliantly against Leicester City in the Cup clash and most of it had to do with the brilliance of Cesc Fabregas. It is as yet unsure if he could barge his way into the starting XI – which looks difficult.
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Derbies are tough even though the Blues are missing their protagonist Mourinho. Back the teams to give their best and come out with goals from each end. Arsenal look to come with a slight edge in this encounter which may see an odd goal deciding the winner.
When it’s Arsenal, it got to be Diego Costa – the Spaniard loves bullying his neighbors and may well be at it again. Back him to score a goal sometime in the match – which could be the case with Alexis Sanchez too.
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Venue: Emirates stadium
Date: 24th September 2016
Referee: M. Oliver
Assitants: G. Beswick, S. Burt
4th Official: C. Pawson