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Arsenal v Chelsea preview: Gunners primed to return to winning ways

Arsenal may have lost top spot in their hunt for a first Premier League title in 19 years, but they have a decent chance to get back on the winning trail when they host Chelsea.

It has been something of a nightmare of a season for the Blues, who may not even finish in the top half of this season's Premier League, and they are big outsiders going into their match in north London.

WhatArsenal v Chelsea
WhereEmirates Stadium, London
When20.00, Tuesday 2nd May 2023
How to watchSky Sports Premier League & Main Event
OddsArsenal 8/13, Draw 3/1, Chelsea 9/2

Deflated hosts look to finish strongly

Some would argue the damage had already been done to Arsenal's Premier League title bid before their 4-1 defeat to Manchester City last week.

That hammering at the Etihad Stadium came towards the end of a frustrating April for the Gunners, who relinquished leads to draw with Liverpool and West Ham, before also dropping points against bottom club Southampton.

Indeed, Arsenal were on course for defeat against Saints, before late goals from Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka salvaged a 3-3 draw at the Emirates.

The team has gone off the boil recently, but with City now on course to win another Premier League title, the pressure will have likely eased in the Arsenal camp.

Mikel Arteta will want his side to finish the season strongly and a home clash with struggling Chelsea is a great opportunity to get back to winning ways.

Arsenal have picked up as many points at home (39) as Chelsea have both home and away in the Premier League this season and they are a cut above their London counterparts.

Drafting in former boss Frank Lampard as manager until the end of the season does not seem to have made a lot of difference either, with the Blues having lost each of their first five matches under the club legend.

Lampard has not been impressed with what he has seen since returning to Stamford Bridge and an Arsenal win looks a worthwhile bet at 8/13.

Saliba absence may contribute to open derby

While Arsenal look in good enough shape to defeat Chelsea at the Emirates on Tuesday, it might not be one-way traffic entirely and there could be goals on the cards.

Arsenal's recent poor run has coincided with the absence of William Saliba, who is still sidelined for Tuesday's match and Rob Holding will likely deputise at the back once again.

Despite his experience, Holding has been known to be particularly error-prone for the Gunners and, whether punters anticipate the Blues to bag a consolation or the hosts to run rampant, a bet on an Arsenal win and over 2.5 goals could be another decent betting angle at 6/4.

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Gabriel could cause problems for Blues

Explosive wide players Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli have been Arsenal's main attacking threats for the most part of the season, but defender Gabriel Magalhaes can also cause problems from set-pieces.

While it was fellow centre-back Holding who scored Arsenal's consolation goal against City, Gabriel also managed two shots in the game and is a value bet at 17/2 to score at any time against Chelsea.

Gabriel has scored three times for Arsenal this campaign and will be up against a Blues rearguard that have conceded 10 goals from set-pieces in the Premier League this season.

That means just shy of a third of the goals Chelsea have conceded this term have come from set-plays and punters should keep an eye on Gabriel against the Blues.

Chelsea have gone with a back three for much of the season and will likely do so again when they face the Gunners, with Trevoh Chalobah likely to operate on the left side, as he did against Brentford, meaning he will be up against Saka.

That enhances the appeal about a bet on Chalobah to get booked at 9/4.

He has picked up four yellow cards in the Premier League this season and could go into the book in this London derby.

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