Last week’s opening weekend defeat to champions Manchester City would have given Unai Emery food for thought as he takes his team to Stamford Bridge this Saturday. City dominated at the Emirates, as they will do against most sides this season in the Premier League, but there were reasons to be positive; Mattéo Guendouzi grew into the game and looks like he could develop into a fine midfielder, while in attack the Gunners created clear-cut chances but were wasteful.
It will also take Emery three or four transfer windows to mould the squad to his liking, so his first season in England is a case of getting used to his new surroundings. If winning the league seems an unlikely proposition, the Spanish coach will be expected to return Arsenal to the Champions League after two seasons without. Achieving this by finishing in the top four will not be straightforward given the quality of their five main rivals, through winning the Europa League – something Emery did three times with Sevilla – would also achieve the same aim.
Chelsea are also under new management and began the Maurizio Sarri reign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town. It will be interesting to see if they can continue that momentum at Stamford Bridge and mount a serious title challenge, especially given that Sarri, at 59, is yet to win a trophy.
The Blues’ midfield could be bolstered by the debut of Mateo Kovacic, who joined from Real Madrid on loan as part of the Thibaut Courtois sale, while Olivier Giroud could return to the matchday squad after his post-World Cup break.
Tipbet is the best place for Premier League odds, with all matches covered, and there are 139 for this fixture alone. A defeat for Arsenal would leave them well off the pace but they are 4.25 to leave with all three points and 1.95 with Double Chance not to lose.
Chelsea are unsurprising favourites, though, and 1.80 to keep their winning start going – they were defeated just four times at home last season. Other Tipbet betting options include choosing the first goalscorer, with the generous odds displayed below.