By; Thomas Odongo.
This Saturday, 24th September 2016 at 7; 30 pm (East African Time) all the soccer eyes will be looking at Emirates stadium as Arsenal and Chelsea resume their rivalry. It is no doubt the clash is going to be fierce as both teams have the same points (10), only that the blues have a one goal advantage over the gunners. It will be the first game of match day six and Wenger and Conte’s first meeting in football. This match is to be refereed by Michael Oliver.
It is a big collision between the two teams and this time round it is between Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte. I know many would wish it was between Mourinho and Wenger as the battle between these two always attracted the attention of football pundits like Paul Merson who claims that these duo clashed not just at the pitch but also attempting to flex their muscles at the touch line as it was the case in the 2014/2015 season. Paul Merson also claims that Chelsea are to be the champions this season. In most cases Mourinho used his verbal artillery to attack Wenger during the pre and post-match media briefings on grounds that Wenger is the only comfortable manager in the league despite the trophy drought faced by the gunners.
In the last 158 meetings in the Premier League, Arsenal has won 61, drawing 47 and losing 50 while Chelsea has won 50 drawing 47 and losing 61. In the last 4 meetings Chelsea has won 3, drawing 1 and lost 0 while Arsenal won 0, drew 1 and lost 3.
Football pundit Dwight Yorke claims that Arsenal and Chelsea should play Lucas Perez and Cesc Fabregas respectively. His raised this basing on the class of football displayed by these duo during the EFL Cup. He hailed Fabregas for his heroic display at King Power stadium on Wednesday, 21st September 2016 after scoring two goals in a period of 2 minutes which helped Chelsea to beat Leicester City 2-4 and qualifying for the EFL fourth round.
In other fixtures of match day six; Saturday, 24th September 2016; Man Utd vs. Leicester, Bournemouth vs. Everton, Liverpool vs. Hull, Middlesbrough vs. Hull, Stoke vs. West Brom, Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace, Swansea vs. Man City; Sunday, 25th September 2016; West Ham vs. Southampton and on Monday, 26th September 2016, Burnley vs. Watford.