How Arsenal can beat Chelsea and keep their Premier League title bid on track

first_img 5. Block Cesc Fabregas’ pass to the forward – Click the right arrow for more ways Arsenal can beat Chelsea… – The ex-Arsenal man hasn’t had the greatest campaign ever but he remains a huge threat. Against Everton he linked superbly with Diego Costa and, if the bruising centre forward is fit, Fabregas will be looking to use their partnership to get goals at the Emirates. The Gunners’ centre-backs will have to marshal the frontman and watch for Fabregas’ pinpoint passing. 5 5 4. Shackle the improving Oscar – Without Francis Coquelin, you’d have been forgiven for thinking the Gunners would have crumbled but they’ve remained pretty resilient. Conceding three goals against Liverpool and four against Southampton were an aberration but they must keep a close eye on Brazil star Oscar on Sunday. If he returns to the starting XI for the Blues, he is likely to put on a show given his recent resurgence. Stop him and you’ve most probably stopped Chelsea. 5 5 3. Get Theo Walcott to use his pace against Branislav Ivanovic – The Serbian right-back is beginning to improve after a terrible start to the season, but he’s still way off his former glory. If speedster Walcott can punish Ivanovic then Arsenal could well be on their way to a triumph. On the outside, or in the channel between right-back and centre-back, the Englishman can do real damage if he’s on form. 5 It wasn’t always this way, but Arsenal haven’t beaten Chelsea in the Premier League since October 2011.The Gunners went undefeated in the Premier League against the Blues from September 1995 until August 2005 but are now on the other side of things, with their rivals retaining bragging rights for far too long.Even Chelsea struggling at the start of the current campaign couldn’t help Arsene Wenger’s men down their opponents, who they had recently defeated in the Community Shield.Now, at the Emirates, the Gunners need to grab three important points from the match as they look to keep pace in the title race.But just how can Wenger guide his team to glory? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see how we think Arsenal can beat Chelsea… 2. Keep your cool and don’t rise to the bait – When the two sides met earlier in the campaign, Gabriel lost his head when dealing with Diego Costa and saw himself sent off in the first half, while in the second period Santi Cazorla was sent off for two bookable offences. Do that again and it will be costly, the Gunners stars need to keep a level head and get business done. 1. Focus the attacks down the right flank – It might sound obvious given the attacking prowess of full-back Hector Bellerin, but Arsenal’s best option is to hit the Blues down the right side and double up on Cesar Azpilicueta. Chelsea star Willian has been superb on the opposite side and has held up some star performers while doing his defensive duties. Whether it’s Pedro or Eden Hazard trying to halt Bellerin, they won’t do nearly as much work going back, allowing the Spanish youngster, and Joel Campbell, time and space. It will be essentially one of the two cuts inside too, as this is where Everton found plenty of joy up against the Blues.last_img

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