Why Chelsea have to ensure victory over Arsenal

Chelsea face Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening and will be hoping to get back to winning ways. The Blues lost 1-0 to a well organised Newcastle side on Saturday, which brought back the critics. Frank Lampard’s side cannot seem to get a winning run together and must bounce back against Arsenal.

There are several reasons why victory over Mikel Arteta’s side would be of great importance to Chelsea. Firstly, it’s a London derby and these two teams have a lot of history. No one wants to lose these games and they are hugely important for the fans.

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The game between these two sides earlier in the season was full of controversy and drama. Two late Blues goals earned Lampard all three points. The Gunners will want revenge this time around and Chelsea should be prepared for a big Arsenal performance.

The Blues have won just two of their last five games. However, they are currently sat five points clear of fifth and ten points ahead of the North London side. Anything but a win on Tuesday will see the chasing pack gain ground.

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There is also the small issue of putting the doubts over home form to bed. A 3-0 win over Burnley at Stamford Bridge went a long way to doing that, but if the Blues fail to win against their London rivals, questions will be asked once again.

Several Chelsea players have admitted the problems the team is having at home. If they lose the derby, at home, the mental impacts could cause problems in the coming weeks. Lampard’s side just has to beat Arsenal.

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