Arsenal will be desperate to bounce back from their defeat by Manchester City and were due to face Chelsea this weekend at the Emirates… but why was the fixture postponed? And when do they play each other?
- Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Manchester City
- The Gunners have now gone four games without a win following the City defeat
- Mikel Arteta’s side will have to wait nearly a week before they play again
Arsenal will be looking to secure their first win in four games when they take on Chelsea in their next Premier League clash. However, they’ll have to wait until Tuesday next week to face Frank Lampard’s side after the original fixture was postponed.
The Gunners are coming off a heavy 4-1 defeat to Manchester City – with Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones and Erling Haaland all finding the back of the net for Pep Guardiola’s side on Thursday evening.
The result has closed the gap at the top of the Premier League table with City sitting just two points behind the Gunners with two games in hand.
Arteta recognises the fact his side need to win all of their remaining five matches if they stand a chance of winning the title. However, the Gunners will have to wait nearly a week until they next play.
But why are Arsenal not playing this weekend? Mail Sport provides all the answers below.
Arsenal suffered a brutal 4-1 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in their last game
Chelsea will be looking to bounce back following their defeat to Brentford earlier this week
Why are Arsenal not playing this weekend?
Arsenal were set to host Chelsea on Saturday, April 29 at 5.30pm, but the game was postponed due to policing issues.
The Gunners’ clash with the Blues will now take place on Tuesday, May 2, with the game kicking off at 8pm.
Chelsea will come into the game off the back of a 2-0 defeat to Brentford as Lampard still chases his first win since returning as the club’s interim manager.
Following the postponement of the fixture, the Gunners released a statement expressing their disappointment as the club attempted to find a solution with the Met Police.
The statement read: ‘The Premier League has announced that our home league match against Chelsea will now take place on Tuesday, May 2, kicking off at 8pm (UK time). This change has been made as a result of the Metropolitan Police revising its position on policing the match.
‘After working to try to find a solution with the Met Police, we are very disappointed with the impact and disruption this fixture change will cause to our supporters, particularly after this match had been initially approved for a Saturday evening kick-off’.
With the game originally selected to be shown live on TV, the Premier League have confirmed that the showdown between the two sides will remain on Sky Sports.
A statement from the Premier League read: ‘The Premier League fixture between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium, scheduled to take place on Saturday 29 April at 5.30pm, will now take place on Tuesday 2 May at 8.00pm. The initial scheduling of this match was approved at a Safety Advisory Group (SAG) meeting in February.
‘However, the Metropolitan Police has now revised its position regarding the kick-off time and requested a further SAG meeting which determined the match had to be re-scheduled. We regret the need to move this fixture at late notice and the impact this will have on supporters.
‘The game will remain live on Sky Sports’.
Arsenal will have to wait nearly a week until the next game after the Chelsea clash was postponed
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side will be desperate to get back to winning ways against Chelsea
What are their remaining fixtures?
The Gunners have five games left of their season, including next week’s clash with Chelsea.
Arteta’s side will then face a trip to Newcastle before games against Brighton, Nottingham Forest and Wolves.
The full remaining fixture list for Arsenal are as followed:
Chelsea (H) – May 2 at 8pm
Newcastle United (A) – May 7 at 4.30pm
Brighton (H) – May 14 at 4.30pm
Nottingham Forest (A) – May 20 at 5.30pm
Wolves (H) – May 28 at 4.30pm
The two sides have already met this season, with the first clash taking place in November
What happened in the reverse fixture with Chelsea?
The two sides have already met this season, with the fixture taking place back in November at Stamford Bridge.
A goal in the second half from Gabriel Magalhaes gave Arsenal a 1-0 win.
The victory over the Blues was enough to push the Gunners back up into first place ahead of Manchester City.