If you want to calm your nerves before the mid-week match between Arsenal and Chelsea, you might be interested to know that the Gunners actually have the better record.
In 85 matches, Arsenal have won 34 to Chelsea’s 26. The Gunners have also scored 122 goals while the Blues have netted 106.
What’s more, at home, Arsenal have won 25 to Chelsea’s 10. They’ve drawn 11.
Saying this, apart from last season when we thumped Antonio Conte’s side 3-0, we’ve not beaten them at the Emirates since December 2010… so that’s reassuring…
Slightly more comforting is Arsene Wenger’s record against Conte. The Frenchman has beaten the 48-year-old three times whereas the ex-Italy manager has only come away with three points once since his appointment in April 2016.
Overall, Wenger’s record against Chelsea personally isn’t fantastic. He’s won just 22 games out of the 56 times he’s encountered them and been defeated 19 times. However, with Conte in charge, I fancy Arsenal’s chances far more than I would if it was Jose Mourinho.
At the end of the day, stats don’t tell the full story and both London clubs are currently not without their weaknesses. Though Chelsea are doing a little better and are, at the very least, creating chances.
However, if Arsenal dig deep, our home record is brilliant. We can do it.