As Chelsea begin to run away with the title, after picking up an impressive point at Anfield on Tuesday night, Arsenal’s defeat at home to Watford heavily dented any hopes they might have of catching them, with Saturday’s meeting against the would-be champions almost certainly a season-defining game for the Gunners.
As reported in The Sun, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has claimed Arsene Wenger’s side will once again be found out in the mammoth game at Stamford Bridge.
“I think Arsenal will do well to get a draw. They need picking up.
“In big games they get found out and I don’t think it will be any different at Stamford Bridge.”
Carragher was speaking after the shock defeat at the Emirates at the hands of Watford on a night when all the teams playing in the top six dropped points.
“Yes, maybe subconsciously you go into a game expecting to win. Everyone expected Arsenal to win. Sometimes you can get a shock
“But, you get a couple scares for 15-20 minutes but battle through it. Unfortunately for them those scares turn out to be goals.”
Arsenal’s title challenge has stuttered of late, needing a last-minute penalty to beat Burnley, where Wenger’s frustrations overcame him and he pushed an official leading to a four-game touchline ban that will see him sit in the stands for this major clash on Saturday lunchtime.
That followed a clash with Bournemouth earlier in the month when the club needed another last-minute goal to claim a point in a 3-3 thriller.
Anything but a win for Arsenal will almost certainly see the Gunners miss out on yet another title since they last collected the Premier League trophy in 2004.
Three points for Chelsea and they can start engraving their name on the trophy.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena