Arsenal is fading from the first four hopes, but a victory against Chelsea would change things. Here are 5 key players to reach that victory.
Not many fans are finding much confidence in Arsenal right now. Both in the present and looking to the future, there is turbulence. The club is broke, the results do not come in recent times, and the hopes of finishing in the top four and getting the financial boost that is coming are fading.
But all this can change with a conclusive victory (or even a lousy victory) against Chelsea. And, conveniently, many of the injuries the club has suffered have been resolved. The list of unavailable players has fallen from damn near two to four digits, and all in all, Unai Emery will have all the tools needed to take three points from this.
With all that being said, let's talk about the players who will have to jump into the spotlight and play at their best to ensure victory.
Let's start where we always do, with No. 5.
5. Hector Bellerin
I really, really I do not like Chelsea, but it does not matter my personal feelings, I always have to admit that they have two star fullbacks in Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso. Talk about versatile, defend and attack incredibly well, and in a balance that makes them ideal in tandem.
Which is problematic for the Gunners, because one of the few big positives I've found in our club this season is that when the wingbacks go wild, the value of the attack multiplies.
That said, facing the full-backs of Chelsea will challenge the likes of Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin. I include this last on this list, rather than the first, because Bellerin has more work to cut out for him. Alonso is the top striker between the two blue fullbacks, and always seems to give Bellerin's beliefs from their shared side.
It means that if we want to get the advantage in this, Bellerin will have a big role to play. I trust Kolasinac's ability to put the other side under pressure (at least) but just back from injury, we really need Bellerin to do the same.
At number 4.