Mikel Arteta Labels Arsenal Visit to Chelsea a Must Win Game

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We have seen signs of progress at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta, but they have been few and far between. Think of it like a garden, where the first signs of growth are small green shoots. The Gunners are currently mid-table and have a long ways to go if they are to solidly get back into Europe next season.

By Europe, we mean UEFA Europa League competition, because qualifying for Champions League is a far-fetched pipe dream at best. Up next is a visit to Chelsea on Wednesday night, a London derby that headlines the Premier League mid-week slate of action.

It’s a huge match so big that Arteta labeled it a must win. It’s a game seeing a lot of betting action, just like the wagering you can do at Scores Casino. The odds we’re typically seeing show an Arsenal FC win priced at 7/2, a draw backed at 11/4, and a Chelsea win to be had for 7/2. Meanwhile the Google result probability shows an Arsenal FC win at 20%, a draw at 25% and a Chelsea win at 55%.

“It’s really important. It’s very, very important for us to win this game to fight for that,” Arteta said.

“Also, the game we played at home, it could have made a big difference and we were very close to it. Tomorrow we need to win. Everyone is having a lot of problems to put together back-to-back wins, the league has been very competitive this season and that is why the gaps aren’t that big.”

“There are still four months to play and a lot of things can happen, a lot of games between the top teams as well so I think that will change.”

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Chelsea, who currently sit in the fourth and final UCL qualification slot, are 10 points ahead of the Gunners right now. They also won the first meeting between these two sides back on Dec. 29.

Arsenal at Chelsea FC FYIs

January 21, 8:15pm, Stamford Bridge

Team news for both sides: go to this link

Starting XI Predictions:   Arsenal   Chelsea FC

Key stats/facts: Only the most recent meeting of the last ten in this series has been won by the visitors.

Form Guide: Arsenal  DDWLD   Chelsea  LWDWL

Prediction: Chelsea 3, Arsenal FC 2

Two London clubs that are a ways off from where they want to be right now, but one side is certainly a greater distance from their objectives.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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