Arsenal, Chelsea set for London derby showdown

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2021/22 English Premier League

Matchday 2 of 38

Arsenal vs Chelsea 

Emirates Stadium 
London, England
Sunday, 22 August 2021
Kick-off is at 17:30 
Arsenal and Chelsea will meet in what promises to be a high octane 2021/22 English Premier League match on Sunday. 
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel
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The Gunners ended last season with a string of wins to breathe some optimism into an overly dreadful campaign, but all those bad memories came flooding back for the Arsenal faithful on the opening weekend of the season. Arsenal were clueless in a 2-0 loss at newly-promoted Brentford and head coach Mikel Arteta had no real complaints in the aftermath. 

"We started the season against a good opponent. I don’t think we deserved anything different," Arteta said. "They scored from a long throw-in and we didn’t have enough presence in the box.

"A lot of young boys were doing everything they can. For some of them it was the first experience in the league – that says a lot."
In contrast, Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 3-0. The UEFA Champions League winners are also set to welcome Romelu Lukaku to their starting line-up in north London following his big-money return to Stamford Bridge. 

"We expect Romelu to finish quarantine in time to be able to join the team training on Tuesday. We will try to prepare him to play against Arsenal and hopefully he can be on the pitch," said Blues manager Thomas Tuchel. 

Chelsea forward Timo Werner
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Arsenal completed a league double over Chelsea last season. The Gunners beat the Blues 3-1 at Emirates Stadium before a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture. 

Arsenal vs Chelsea head-to-head statistics:

Matches played: 184
Arsenal wins: 71
Chelsea wins: 61
Draws: 52

English Premier League fixtures, matchday 2

Saturday, 21 August 2021
13:30 - Liverpool vs Burnley 
16:00 - Aston Villa vs Newcastle United 
16:00 - Crystal Palace vs Brentford 
16:00 - Leeds United vs Everton
16:00 - Manchester City vs Norwich City 
18:30 - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Watford 
Sunday, 22 August 2021
15:00 - Southampton vs Manchester United 
15:00 - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Tottenham Hotspur 
17:30 - Arsenal vs Chelsea 
Monday, 23 August 2021
21:00 - West Ham United vs Leicester City 

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Published: 08/17/2021