Chelsea vs Arsenal: Former Chelsea captain makes bold prediction

Chelsea legend, Marcel Desailly has backed the Blues to spring up a surprise when they take on Arsenal after the international break.

Chelsea will face their London rivals at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, October 21, as Mauricio Pochettino’s men look to make a real statement of intent to the rest of the Premier League, following back to back wins against Fulham and Burnley just before the break.

Arsenal have however been on a great run of form, as they sit joint-top of the division, having gone unbeaten so far in this campaign, but Desailly insists Chelsea can stun the Gunners.

“It looks impossible, but I’ll go for a 3-1 win [to Chelsea],” the Frenchman told Gambling Zone.

“Why not? This is the beauty of the Premier League. As soon as a team has a mental drop and isn’t ready for the intensity of a match, they can lose. When Arsenal players arrive at Chelsea, they may believe that it won’t be as difficult as it would at Tottenham, City, or even, Man United.

“Those kinds of stadiums get players ready for the battle. When teams come to Chelsea, they’ll think they can win, despite how talented their players are.

“The mental preparation will automatically drop, even if you try to control it.”