Why it's vital that Chelsea lay down a marker on Saturday

With summer overhauls still bedding in, Chelsea must win on Saturday against Arsenal.

Maurizio Sarri’s side are gearing up for a mouth-watering clash with Unai Emery’s Arsenal. Whilst it may be extremely early days in both camps’ new regimes, a win could do wonders for Chelsea.

The reason for this is because the Blues have a chance to shoot down the Emerey era before it even begins.

Sarri watches the win at Huddersfield (Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

The first growls of discontent from the Emirates occurred during the 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City. The Gunners were outclassed and overpowered all over the pitch, and fans weren’t impressed with some aspects of the game.

And whilst a win on Saturday wouldn’t do anything drastic, it would heap early pressure on Chelsea’s London rivals.

Sarri’s side could make it 0-2 for Emery, and have the Gunners trailing down the bottom of the league already.

They won’t stay there, but it would send a huge early advantage Chelsea’s way. The Stamford Bridge club are already three points clear of Arsenal in the league. Therefore, another success on Saturday night really swings momentum towards Chelsea and sends a strong message to their rivals.

Saturday’s 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town pleased Sarri. Jorginho and Kante both earned rave reviews in particular. They’ll be tasked once again with bossing Arsenal in the midfield the same way they took Huddersfield to the cleaners.

It’s not just Arsenal that would be feeling the heat from the Bridge however. Chelsea have to keep on Manchester City’s heels also, and not allow them to run away with the title like last season.

Unai Emery looks miserable as Arsenal fall to Manchester City (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

City got off too lightly from the Blues, who sprung from one disaster to another last season under Antonio Conte.

Keeping the pressure on is a must, and you would fancy Sarri’s side to do a number on the Gunners this weekend.

United, City, Liverpool, and Spurs all picked up opening day wins. Keeping in touch with all of them has to be the goal early on this season.

Beating Arsenal however will effectively kill two birds with one stone. Not only would the Blues lay down a marker and keep in touch with the top sides, they would also fire a nasty hole in the Emery era early on that will be tough to cover.

David is a keen writer who's always looking to engage readers in his content. He has a strong knowledge of Scottish and English football - writing content on the Scottish game since the beginning of his studies in 2014.