Easily the biggest game of Premier League’s Gameweek 6 comes from The Emirates where Arsenal welcome their London rivals Chelsea. Both teams are coming on the back of impressive wins in the EFL Cup which has made the weekend’s match an even greater spectacle.
Both Chelsea and Arsenal are locked on same number of points (10) after first five matches both the teams need to kick on now if they want to challenge for the league title.
Manchester City have already laid down a marker which other teams including Chelsea and Arsenal must follow to stay in hunt for the Premier League title. Ahead of this all-important London Derby, we take a look at the three key questions which may decide the match at Emirates this weekend.
Team selection from Wenger and Conte?
Arsene Wenger has a decision to make between Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud where he can start either one of them against Chelsea. With Lucas Perez’s arrival, Gunners look a solid unit going forward and if recent form is to go by, Walcott from right wing and Perez up front could be the ideal selection for Wenger.
As for Antonio Conte, he has a selection dilemma in his hands as John Terry has been ruled out against Arsenal after a ligament injury he sustained against Swansea a week ago. David Luiz is far from an assured figure who can be relied upon in a high-value game like this one.
Conte might even be tempted to think of reverting to a 3-man defense with Marcos Alonso getting his Premier League debut. Elsewhere, Cesc Fabregas is another puzzle Conte needs to solve in quick time as the Spaniard looked a class above rest of the Chelsea players against Leicester.
Fabregas is easily the best forward thinking midfield player Chelsea have and if Conte starts with him, it will more or less give him an advantage over Arsenal for this all-important match up.
Can Diego Costa keep his calm?
We have seen in the past how Diego Costa loses his cool in the big matches. In recent seasons, Costa’s infamous acts against Gabriel Paulista and Emre Can have made the headlines while the Brazilian born striker has already been very close to getting a red card (vs. Swansea) this season as well.
If Chelsea are to get a result against Arsenal this weekend first and foremost they will need to have 11 players on the pitch and a fired up Costa who is a threat for his opposition and not for his own team.
Which big game player will step up and deliver?
On paper this could be the most sought after game in Premier League this season after the Manchester Derby with players like Mesut Ozil, Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa all capable of winning football matches in an instance.
With so many match winners on either side, the match at The Emirates could come down to a moment of brilliance from these players to seal the result in their favour.