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Mikel Arteta receives dangerous warning ahead of Arsenal v Chelsea clash

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been given a big warning ahead of the Gunners’ clash with London rivals Chelsea on Tuesday

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta faces a daunting challenge ahead of the Gunners’ clash with London rivals Chelsea on Tuesday night at the Emirates Stadium.

Sitting at the top of the table, Arsenal have an opportunity to extend their lead to four points with a victory over Chelsea. However, they are acutely aware of the pressure from reigning champions Manchester City, who could leapfrog them if they win both their games in hand.

Arsenal’s recent form has been a rollercoaster, with a much-needed 2-0 win against Wolves coming on the heels of successive defeats to Aston Villa and Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Chelsea finds themselves out of contention for silverware this season, sitting ninth in the table and eliminated from all cup competitions. However, the pride of Mauricio Pochettino’s men is at stake as they face their local rivals.

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Former Chelsea player turned pundit Chris Sutton warns against complacency for Arsenal, emphasising Chelsea’s potential threat despite recent setbacks. He points to their previous encounter, where Chelsea almost secured victory before letting it slip away late in the game.

“Arsenal bounced back from a bad week really well against Wolves on Saturday and won comfortably, but Chelsea put in a good performance too despite losing their FA Cup semi-final to Manchester City.


“This feels like a really dangerous game for the Gunners, and the rivalry between the two clubs is going to be a big factor as well. Chelsea probably should have beaten them at Stamford Bridge in October but let a two-goal lead slip late on.

“They are making progress under Mauricio Pochettino but they still have a habit of shooting themselves in the foot like they did that day. So, I am backing Arsenal to find a way of winning this one – although again it is going to be extremely close. Arsenal 2-1.”

The absence of star player Cole Palmer, rumoured to be due to illness, could further weaken Chelsea’s chances. Injuries to key players like Ben Chilwell and Malo Gusto add to the uncertainty surrounding Chelsea’s lineup.

On the other hand, Arsenal’s injury concerns appear relatively minor, with Takehiro Tomiyasu expected to return. Arteta has a nearly full squad at his disposal, except for long-term absentee Jurrien Timber.

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