Despite the Champions League returning this week, no-one is really paying much attention to that game with Chelsea next on the Premier League horizon (bet that bites us all in the ass).
Saturday’s game is perhaps the best opportunity Arsenal have had in some time to beat that lot in their own back yard with Jose Mourinho’s men showing form reminiscent of Manchester United when David Moyes first took over.
Of course, we all remember that even though it seemed like every side on the planet was able to beat United that year, we still contrived to lose to them, so you won’t find many Arsenal fans counting their gloating chickens just yet.
The match is, perhaps, bigger for one person more than anyone else – Petr Cech.
Returning to the Bridge for the first time since leaving (although not playing them for the first time in an Arsenal shirt, Community Shield, ha!) he knows that it will be an ‘experience’ for him, but he’s not distracted from the main goal – winning the match for Arsenal.
“I have never played at Stamford Bridge in the visiting team so it will be a new experience for me,” Cech told the Arsenal podcast this week.
“I go to a familiar place but most important for me will be to win the game. That’s the way it goes.
“In a way it is nice that I spent so much time there. That I know every corner of the stadium and the space, so for me there will be no surprises.
“Obviously it will be new to play against Chelsea but when you start playing the game the only concern you have is ‘can I play my best game and can we win?'”
Yes and yes, Petr.
Yes and yes.