'This frightens me': Ian Wright worried by what Chelsea potentially have in store for Arsenal

Ian Wright admitted he was already having nightmares at the prospect of Arsenal facing Chelsea and Romelu Lukaku this weekend.

Speaking on the Wrighty’s House podcast, Wright was looking ahead to the Premier League capital city crunch clash on Sunday.

Arsenal host Chelsea at the Emirates, aiming to build upon their opening day defeat to fellow London outfit, Brentford.

Thomas Tuchel’s men already have three points in the bag, after they struck Crystal Palace three times without reply last Saturday.

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The Blues looked like they meant business, albeit in the face of a transitional Palace side.

Their efficiency is only set to expand further following the arrival of Lukaku from Inter Milan.

Wright hiding behind the sofa

Chelsea’s club-record signing only joined up with his new teammates for training yesterday but is already in line to make his second debut away to Arsenal.  

“We are dealing with a Chelsea team now that are so ready,” said Wright about his beloved Gunners.

“We saw that when Tuchel got there. An elite manager off the conveyor belt. He sorted that defence out.

“And then you throw Romelu Lukaku into that mix of a team that’s so confident. This frightens me.”

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Back lines up and down England’s top flight should start to batten down the hatches now Lukaku is in town.

He is an altogether different proposition to the player who left Manchester United to join Inter in 2019.

Trimmed down, full of fire and goals, with a vendetta against those who doubted him; defenders beware.

However, for all Wrighty’s anxiety, he can take shelter behind the fact Lukaku actually has a pretty poor record when facing Arsenal.

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In 17 appearances, the Belgian has won just five times and scored five goals in contest with the Gunners.

But all prior hoodoos could be wiped from existence if the centre-forward is on his A-game for the boys in blue.   

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.