The Emirates 19 Jan Kick Off 17.30.
Chelsea should finish off Arsenal’s hopes of a top 4 finish at the Emirates on Saturday. Or pass them off the pitch! Chelsea, with 5 players in the top 10 Barclays Premier League Pass the ball table, are this seasons pass masters with Jorginho sitting all alone in the number 1 spot with 1,997 completed passes. Chelsea defenders are also prominent in this table:
• 3rd place with 1,798 Antonio Rüdiger
• 5th place with 1,690 David Luiz
• 7th place with 1,539 César Azpilicueta
• 10th place with 1,384 Marcos Alonso
None of Jorginho’s passes have resulted in goals and the same applies to Rüdiger. That’s a total of 3,795 passes and no assists. Alonso has 3 assists and Luiz and Azpilicueta both have 2.
So What Does Jorginho Do With the Ball?
He’s scored! On the 11th August 2018, when Chelsea won 3-0 at Huddersfield, he scored with a 45th-minute penalty. Apart from that, there’s a good chance that he’s been playing one-twos with his 4 four defenders!
N’Golo Kanté – Lost in the Wilderness!
Meanwhile, N’Golo Kanté, a World Cup Winner and probably one of the best defensive midfielders in the world, seems totally lost and out of position. Although he has scored 3 goals and has 2 assists. But the thing with Kanté is that he seems like a really nice guy, always smiling, and he probably wouldn’t complain if asked to play in goal! But is that right for Chelsea?
Maurizio Sarri Holds the Key
Chelsea boss, 60-year-old Italian chain gum chewing Maurizio Sarri, holds the key and Jorginho is his man. Sarri formerly managed him at Napoli and didn’t think twice about signing another defensive midfielder for Chelsea when he already had one of the best.
Despite the Jorginho and Kanté conundrum Chelsea should have enough in their locker to take the points off Arsenal especially if Olivier Giroud gets his chance. The former Arsenal hit man would like nothing more than to get one over on his former stuttering teammates.