Match Today: Chelsea vs Arsenal 11-06-2022 English Premier League
The north London derby brings together Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday lunchtime as Chelsea face Arsenal in the Premier League derby in London.
Both teams enter the match on the back of continental successes, as the Blues beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 in the Champions League, while Arsenal advanced to the Round of 16 of the Europa League.
Winning in Europe is always a perfect tonic after a frustrating domestic defeat, particularly one that saw Brighton & Hove Albion teach former coach Graham Potter a ball lesson at the AMEX 4-1, but Chelsea were working towards their success at Dinamo Zagreb.
Elected to name a strong squad despite already guiding his side as the group winner, Potter witnessed Bruno Petkovic's steal and opened the scoring after just seven minutes, but Raheem Sterling and new signing Dennis Zakaria completed a much-needed turnaround for the Blues in England.
Chelsea vs Arsenal
The Blues' stellar defense under Potter may have been decimated, but just one loss in 11 games is far from the English player's worst start, even though his side have some ground to make up in the Premier League table as they lie.
Sixth, three points behind Newcastle United, fourth with a game in hand.
It will take results on their way and swing 12 goals for Chelsea to advance to the Champions League this weekend, but Stamford Bridge have been kind to the Blues in recent memory, unbeaten in 12 consecutive games in all competitions in front of their fans.
However, Arsenal were the latest team to beat Chelsea on their own patch and Stamford Bridge has been a happy hunting ground for the North London club in recent memory, so taking advantage of the extra 24 hours of rest will be of paramount importance to Potter & Co.
Arsenal vs Chelsea
In contrast, Arsenal sought to recover from a European defeat with a victory in the Premier League last weekend, and Arsenal certainly showed clinical superiority that has often been absent lately, putting five points at Nottingham Forest unanswered even after the injury of Bukayo Saka.
However, Arsenal's inability to finish matches when a goal in favor of the team raised its ugly head in the Europa League this week, as Kieran Tierney's cute half-ball put Arsenal in front against FC Zurich, but they nonetheless held up.
A nervous 1-0 win that sent them straight into the round of 16. Avoiding an extra tie in a playoff against a club that has been excluded from the Champions League is a golden touch for Arsenal, who go into the weekend and are still two points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table. Premier League, but could be defeated to second place by Sunday.
The champions beat Fulham All five points Arsenal dropped in the Premier League this season came on the way, but nonetheless they remain the best away side this season and have conceded only four goals on rival soil so far - the best ever record of its kind in league.
Arteta has led Arsenal to back-to-back victories at Stamford Bridge in the past two seasons - with Chelsea winning 2-0 at the Emirates in between - and could also set a new record for the club, who are striving to win. Three consecutive derbies in the London League away from home without conceding a net for the first time.