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Why Gabriel Jesus and William Saliba Could Miss Arsenal’s London Derby Clash Against Chelsea

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Why Gabriel Jesus and William Saliba Could Miss Arsenal’s London Derby Clash Against Chelsea

On Sunday, Arsenal returned to Premier League action at Saint Mary’s, a venue that has historically been difficult for the team. The first goal, scored by Granit Xhaka, was equalized by Stuart Armstrong in the second.

As a result, Manchester City, the league champions, have closed the deficit to only two points over second-place Arsenal despite taking just one point from the match. Manager Mikel Arteta said to the press after the game, “I think we stopped doing all the easy things properly,” referring to the team’s performance in the first half.

We were unable to maintain the same level of momentum we had in the first half because “the distances on the ball placements were too far, we gave too many simple balls away in really dangerous situations without much pressure. There are then more opportunities for restless play as the game opens up and transitions occur more frequently. The game ended with us on top, and we tried to go for a second goal but couldn’t quite pull it off, I believe.

Unfortunately for the Spaniard, there won’t be much time to break down the game and learn from it before the next one rolls around. The next step involves a journey to the Netherlands to take on PSV Eindhoven with a spot in the Europa League’s knockout round at stake.

In the Premier League, they’ll be taking on Nottingham Forest, but they’ll have to play it safe with two players who are on the cusp of suspension. Both Gabriel Jesus and William Saliba have now accumulated four yellow cards this season, meaning that they will miss the next game if they receive any more cautions.

They will both miss the game against Chelsea on the road if they are booked again against the East Midlands club. With the match being a London Derby and a potential litmus test for the Gunners’ title hopes, their absence might have a major impact on the outcome.

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