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Rupert Wyman 1st Oct 2010 - 22:09

Drogba can make Arsenal feel Blue

The reigning Premier League Champions Chelsea host Arsenal on Sunday in what could be a fantastic London Derby. Chelsea have won five of the last seven fixtures between the two sides and they regularly make Arsenal look lightweight.

Chelsea appear the far stronger side on paper and are statistically the better side of late.  Arsenal were easily defeated at the Bridge last season and their title dreams had already been put to bed in a 3-0 defeat by Chelsea at the Emirates earlier in the season.

Why does this match point towards a Chelsea victory? Arsenal are not playing physically at the level of Le Blues. Chelsea may be without their talisman midfielder Frank Lampard but the Gunners will struggle without the influential Fabregas.

Even when Fabregas has played, he has never been given any space and with Chelsea always deploying a holding midfielder, he has been quickly closed down. Arsenal's attacking style of football does not work against the power, rigidity and break-away speed of Chelsea.

Chelsea are 8/11 to win in ninety minutes, the draw is 13/5 and Arsenal are 19/5 for the away win.

Arsenal had to travel to Belgrade for their Champions league clash midweek and they could be tired after the experience. I really fancy taking on Arsenal in this clash, there is little value in the 8/11 for the home win and I would prefer to have a small punt on Chelsea -3 goals in the match handicaps market at 12/1.

The Gunners were poor against West Brom. Although they are unlikely to underestimate Chelsea, the Blues will be desperate to prove that they can win against some of the best Premier League opposition. They have started the season superbly but they slipped up at City last week when they conceded a sloppy goal.

Arsenal have further injury problems and they come into the match without Van Persie, Almunia, Diaby, Vermaelen, Walcott and Bendtner. Chamakh will play instead of Van Persie but he has so far seemed quite average at Arsenal and not the hotshot the media anticipated.

Drogba was suspended for Chelsea's match against Marseille midweek. He will be central to Chelsea's play because of his personal record against the Gooners. He scored two goals in each fixture last season.

Our cracking Match Winner offer, allows you the chance to back him at an enhanced price of 5/1 to score twice on Sunday. Ever since the days of Senderos, the Arsenal's defence has struggled to defend against the Ivorian hit man.

He has started the season in solid form and has kept himself out the media limelight, he will be partnered upfront by the former Arsenal prodigy Anelka.

Anelka is 7/4 to score anytime and the Arsenal fans know what a prolific scorer he has been over the years. The much travelled striker may have fallen foul of the French FA but he seems settled at Chelsea and no longer plays on the wing.

Arsenal have no leaders on the pitch on Sunday and they will need to play Chelsea at their own game, whinging Wenger will be complaining about dirty Chelsea but the reality is that Arsenal need a new keeper and Wenger should open his chequebook.



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