Facing Chelsea twice in the space of a week is far from ideal but it should be entirely different to the 2-2 draw in the Premier League.

On Wednesday, Arsenal face Antonio Conte’s side for the second time in a week. Coming up against our London rivals is never exactly ‘pleasant’ but two times in seven days should be illegal to be honest.

On one hand, we have every reason to believe that the performance we see at Stamford Bridge will be exactly the same as at the Emirates.

Both teams might start off strong with points to prove and the attacking prowess to get behind the other side’s defence. Arsenal’s back four – or three – will look as if they’ve never seen a football before and make basic errors, which lead to goals.

However, on the other hand, it has the potential to be a completely different clash.

Here are five reasons I reckon it could be:


Everything to prove

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NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – JANUARY 07: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal looks on during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at City Ground on January 7, 2018 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Arsenal are coming off the back of a really, really embarrassing 4-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest, which saw them knocked out of the FA Cup early.

We’re almost definitely not going to finish in the top four this season and winning the Europa League, considering some of our performances in the competition, seems like a bit of a reach.

Therefore, we need the League Cup now more than ever.

Arsene Wenger is yet to win it so there’s every reason to think that we might actually fight for this one. Especially if there’s a feeling that he’s leaving in the summer.

Chelsea, on the other hand, are still in the Champions League, as well as the FA Cup (if they win their replay against Norwich) and will almost definitely finish in the top four.

They don’t need it as much as us.