Blue Mondays: Revenge on the Gunners

After a convincing opening day win against Crystal Palace, can a Romelu Lukaku-inspired-Chelsea take revenge on a side that did the double over them last season?

A Happy Opening Day:

Chelsea opened their 2021/2022 league season last Saturday against Patrick Viera’s Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea controlled the game from start to finish and ran out as comfortable 3-0 winners, which was very impressive considering they had won the Super Cup in Belfast just three days before.

The goals came from an impressive free kick from Marcos Alonso, a tap in from Christian Pulisic and a debut goal from Trevoh Chalobah, who was also most people’s man of the match.

(credit | Chelsea Football Club).

The 22-year-old defender has impressed in pre-season and has since continued his early form in the early stages of the season thus far.

Chelsea also organised a behind-closed-doors friendly against National League side Weymouth yesterday. The game was scheduled to benefit the players that returned to training late from their international duties in the summer.

The Blues won the game 13-0.

One In, One Out:

After the Palace game it was reported that Chelsea had accepted a £34m deal to sell Tammy Abraham to Roma, with a medical taking place on the following day (August 15th).

Abraham has been at the club since the under-8 level and scored 31 goals in his 82 appearances for the club. This came just days after the Chelsea had agreed a club record deal of £97.5m to resign former striker Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan. The deal has been made 10 years after he had originally joined the club as an 18-year-old.

Lukaku now returns to Chelsea a different player to the one that joined, having served time at a variety of Premier League clubs – as well as winning Serie A with Milan.

First Away Day of The Season:

Chelsea’s first away day of the new season is another London derby.

Next Sunday, the Champions of Europe will travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal – which will become the 169th league meeting between the two clubs.

Tuchel’s side will be looking to avenge the 3-1 defeat that took place in December 2020 under previous manager Frank Lampard.

The Gunners completed the double over Chelsea last year with a surprise 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge towards the back end of last season.

(credit | Sky Sports Football).

However, Mikel Arteta’s side have not started this season well after suffering a 2-0 defeat to newly promoted Brentford on the opening day.

Next Sunday’s game could also mark the return of Romelu Lukaku, who could make his second Chelsea debut against Arsenal.

The game itself is highly anticipated, with both teams looking to secure bragging rights against their London rivals so early on in the new campaign.


Written by @ArmadilloBlue1.

Edited by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).

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