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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Southampton can get Manolo Gabbiadini up to speed, Leicester are desperate for goals, and would Arsenal beating Chelsea really reignite their title tilt?

If Chelsea beat Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, they will open an unassailable 12-point over their London rivals and consign angry Gooners to yet another season pondering what might have been if it was not for their team’s ongoing propensity to blast themselves in the foot against teams any genuine title contenders should be swatting aside with extreme prejudice. Against opposition from the Big Six, Chelsea have dropped 11 points in this campaign compared with Arsenal’s 10 and yet the chasm between both clubs currently stands at nine points due to Arsenal’s carelessness in the face of teams such as Watford, Bournemouth, Middlesbrough, this season’s incarnation of Leicester City and – to a lesser extent – Everton. By contrast, the only team outside the top six to take points from Chelsea have been Swansea. Following their midweek pratfall at the Emirates against a Watford side that had failed to win any of their previous seven league games, many will be expecting a reaction from an Arsenal side whose emphatic win over Chelsea in September prompted Antonio Conte to switch to the formation that has served him so well ever since. We may well get one, but it is unlikely to make any difference to Arsenal’s increasingly forlorn looking title tilt. Given Arsenal’s obvious collective frailties, they look the most poorly equipped of the chasing pack to take advantage in the very unlikely event of Chelsea performing a Devon Loch. BG

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Southampton can get Manolo Gabbiadini up to speed, Leicester are desperate for goals, and would Arsenal beating Chelsea really reignite their title tilt?

If Chelsea beat Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, they will open an unassailable 12-point over their London rivals and consign angry Gooners to yet another season pondering what might have been if it was not for their team’s ongoing propensity to blast themselves in the foot against teams any genuine title contenders should be swatting aside with extreme prejudice. Against opposition from the Big Six, Chelsea have dropped 11 points in this campaign compared with Arsenal’s 10 and yet the chasm between both clubs currently stands at nine points due to Arsenal’s carelessness in the face of teams such as Watford, Bournemouth, Middlesbrough, this season’s incarnation of Leicester City and – to a lesser extent – Everton. By contrast, the only team outside the top six to take points from Chelsea have been Swansea. Following their midweek pratfall at the Emirates against a Watford side that had failed to win any of their previous seven league games, many will be expecting a reaction from an Arsenal side whose emphatic win over Chelsea in September prompted Antonio Conte to switch to the formation that has served him so well ever since. We may well get one, but it is unlikely to make any difference to Arsenal’s increasingly forlorn looking title tilt. Given Arsenal’s obvious collective frailties, they look the most poorly equipped of the chasing pack to take advantage in the very unlikely event of Chelsea performing a Devon Loch. BG

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