Former Tottenham and Manchester United star, Dimitar Berbatov, has predicted Arsenal will have a ‘terrible’ start to the Premier League season ahead of Sunday’s clash with Chelsea at the Emirates.
The Bulgarian’s estimate has already come partly true after Mikel Arteta’s side were dominated by newly promoted Brentford on the opening day of the campaign.
They lost 2-0 on that occasion, and it didn’t look as though they had any real attacking threat on the night, especially in the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette who were self-isolating after contracting Covid-19.
Arsenal’s captain Aubameyang is available for Sunday’s London derby, but their other main goal contributor, Lacazette, is still in isolation, with his return date unknown.
Speaking to the Metro about Arsenal’s chances of a win against Chelsea, Berbatov said: “What a game. I’m going to come out and say that I think Arsenal are going to have a terrible start to the season.”
Berbatov thinks that Thomas Tuchel’s men will end up as 3-0 winners at the Emirates, and continued by warning Arteta that Romelu Lukaku could be the difference between the sides on the day, and if Arsenal don’t solve their defensive frailties, they could be in real trouble come September.
“Lukaku could feature for the first time since re-joining Chelsea, and I think he will be eager to show what he can do, and if Arsenal don’t fix their major defensive frailty, that they have had for so many years, they are so easily bullied and Lukaku will run riot.”
The game kicks off at 4.30pm and will be played in front of a full Emirates crowd for the first-time in over a year. Fans are being encouraged to arrive up to 90 minutes before kick-off to avoid queues and delays.