‘I give up!’ – Arsenal fans in meltdown over confirmed £97.5m transfer ahead of Chelsea clash

Arsenal kick-off the 2021/22 Premier League season on Friday night with a trip to newly-promoted Brentford.

However, some supporters are already casting one eye on next weekend’s clash against Chelsea in what will be the Gunners’ first home game of the new campaign.

Now, Arsenal’s recent record against their London rivals in competitive action is rather impressive.

There’s the FA Cup final win at Wembley Stadium from just over a year ago, completing a Premier League double over Chelsea last season and also securing a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge with 10-men during the 2019/20 campaign in which Gabriel Martinelli netted a fine solo goal.

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But even with history on their side, some Gunners fans are worried about the prospect of facing the Blues now that Romelu Lukaku is part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans.

The Belgian international is back in west London as his club-record £97.5million transfer was officially confirmed on Thursday evening and, as revealed by The Athletic, he is set to make his second debut for the Blues when they visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, August 22.

And anyone that has watched Lukaku over the years will know that he has a tendency to target the left-sided centre-back.

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With Gabriel Magalhaes ruled out of the game, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s options for the role will likely be between Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari.

If it is the latter, it’s safe to say the prospect doesn’t fill too many supporters on social media with much confidence.



Arsenal fans are worried for Pablo Mari after Chelsea confirm Romelu Lukaku deal. (Image: Twitter)
Arsenal fans are worried for Pablo Mari after Chelsea confirm Romelu Lukaku deal. (Image: Twitter)


Arsenal fans are worried for Pablo Mari after Chelsea confirm Romelu Lukaku deal. (Image: Twitter)
Arsenal fans are worried for Pablo Mari after Chelsea confirm Romelu Lukaku deal. (Image: Twitter)

@TDMTilli said: “Lukaku vs Mari in GW2 is not going to end well for us.”

@Benkenton8 said: “Lukaku vs Mari on GW2 scares me.”

@AFCSean49 said: “Pablo Mari vs Romelu Lukaku, I give up.”

Source by Football London

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