Arsenal continued their upward trajectory with a huge win over Leeds United at Elland Road, but it wasn’t an easy game for Mikel Arteta’s men to traverse. After a lengthy stoppage due to a power cut, Bukayo Saka opened the scoring when he rifled a shot into the roof of the net from a tight angle on the right.
The home side were causing plenty of problems though and appeared to get an equaliser when Patrick Bamford scored, though that was later ruled out for a foul. The striker was then involved again as a penalty was given away by William Saliba for handball, though the subsequent spot kick was put wide.
The England international was hopeful of a second chance that appeared to come as he was caught by Gabriel in stoppage time, with the referee giving a red card to the Arsenal defender and a penalty. Another VAR check overruled the decision, however, seeing the Gunners hang on for another vital three points.
The win not only cemented top spot, but with results elsewhere going their way, it saw the side move four points clear with only a few matches left before the World Cup break. The Gunners only have four matches left until then – while some rivals have five due to rescheduled fixtures.
With that said, here’s a look at their fixtures coming up compared to their rivals.
Southampton (A) – October 23
Southampton have dropped into the relegation zones this week as they registered a 1-1 draw against West Ham at Saint Mary’s. That point is their only one picked up from the last available 15, suggesting they are in some worrying form after a few early victories to get things kickstarted.
The Saints have proven capable of an upset though, overcoming Chelsea for victory in one of their only two wins so far in the league.
Nottingham Forest (H) – October 30
Nottingham Forest’s difficulties have been well documented as of late, struggling on their return to top flight football after making huge changes over the summer transfer window. The East Midlands outfit currently sit bottom of the table, picking up just one point in their last five matches.
While there was speculation over the future of head coach Steve Cooper, the club offered him a new long-term deal to show their backing of him.
Chelsea (A) – November 6
A London Derby arrives in the penultimate match before the break for the World Cup as Arsenal make the short trip to face off against Chelsea. The Blues have been in fine form under new boss Graham Potter and are yet to taste defeat since he took charge and making a return to the top four.
Should they win their game in hand and continue their fine form, Chelsea could join the chasing pack when it comes to eyeing an unlikely title push.
Wolves (A) – November 12
The final game before the World Cup break comes away at Wolves, who finally picked up another win at the weekend to climb out of the bottom three. While still without a manager, the side beat Nottingham Forest to earn all three points in a match that could be seen as a relegation six-pointer.
It remains to be seen if the West Midlands side hire a new manager in time for the clash at Molineux or if they will remain managerless into the long break.
Chelsea’s next five fixtures:
Brentford (A) – October 19
Manchester United (H) – October 22
Brighton (A) – October 29
Arsenal (H) – November 6
Newcastle (A) – November 12
Tottenham’s next five fixtures:
Manchester United (A) – October 19
Newcastle United (H) – October 23
Bournemouth (A) – October 29
Liverpool (H) – November 6
Leeds United (H) – November 12
Manchester City’s next four fixtures:
Brighton (H) – October 22
Leicester City (A) – October 29
Fulham (H) – November 5
Brentford (H) – November 12
Manchester United’s next five fixtures:
Tottenham (H) – October 19
Chelsea (A) – October 22
West Ham (H) – October 30
Aston Villa (A) – November 6
Fulham (A) – November 13