Arsenal vs Chelsea
With the new Premier League campaign now less than two weeks away, pre-season is in full swing.
The biggest clash of the day on Sunday would see two of London’s top clubs face off.
Arsenal welcomed Chelsea to the Emirates, with both sides having fielded fairly strong starting elevens.
Of course, a couple of big hitters remained absent on the back of their Euro 2020 ventures, but there was still a lot of quality on show:
Introducing our starting XI…
Let’s do this! ✊🔴
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 1, 2021
Your Chelsea team news! 🔵 pic.twitter.com/ozTwJQN2UC
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 1, 2021
Thomas Partey limps out of pre-season meeting
The opening 45 on Sunday proved fairly uneventful.
Chelsea probably had the better of the chances, most of which fell to Timo Werner, who continues to look devoid of confidence in front of goal.
The Blues, though, did eventually take the lead towards the back end of the half courtesy of a lovely composed finish from Kai Havertz, featuring for Chelsea for the first time since his Champions League-winning goal.
Hakim Ziyech also came close to adding to the visitors’ lead 42 minutes in, but clipped the post.
Then, to compound Arsenal’s woes, the Gunners were dealt a major blow on the personnel front.
Thomas Partey started the clash brightly, but appeared to pick up an ankle issue following a challenge from Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
In turn, after going down twice, the Ghanaian eventually limped off after 38 minutes to be replaced by Granit Xhaka:
Thomas Partey substituted in the first half against Chelsea after a suspected ankle injury. pic.twitter.com/XWOkrGW0jq
— Owuraku Ampofo (@_owurakuampofo) August 1, 2021
Well, this isn’t great. Partey goes off with an injury.
Granit Xhaka on. pic.twitter.com/vTNmpPNydU
— arseblog (@arseblog) August 1, 2021
Arsenal’s fans will no doubt be concerned that their star midfielder will miss the club’s opening Premier League game of the season, versus Brentford on August 13th.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.