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:


Conservative Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 03: Marcos Alonso of Chelsea (obscured) celebrates with team mates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 3, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The Gunners are at the Bridge, which means that I don’t think Arsenal will try and take them apart the same way they did at home. If we do, we could be punished and the whole tie could go south very quickly.

There are two legs so a draw, in Wenger’s eyes, probably isn’t the worst outcome.

While I don’t think we’ll park the bus, I do think Wenger will instruct his men to be a bit more measured when they do go forward. Especially considering how poorly we’ve defended as of late – we need everyone to be well-organised and aware of their jobs.

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