Romelu Lukaku is set to start for Chelsea against Arsenal this weekend after his big-money move from Inter Milan.
The Blues forked out an eye-watering £97.5 million to sign the Belgian, seven years after they sold him to Everton. Lukaku will certainly make Chelsea a lot stronger and he will be hoping to hit the ground running against Arsenal this weekend.
The Gunners host the Blues on Sunday in what is a very important game for Mikel Arteta. Arsenal were embarrassed by Brentford on the opening day, and although not many people expect us to beat the European champions, a win will really change the mood around the Emirates.
All eyes will be on Lukaku in North London this weekend and it will be a huge test for Arsenal’s defenders. As for the Belgian, he has claimed that he’s really happy that his second debut for the Blues will be against the Gunners.
Lukaku: I’m happy my first game will be against Arsenal
He told Chelsea’s official website: “I’m ready so it’s just about getting into the team and trying to prove myself to the coaches that if I’m needed, I can play. We all have to compete throughout the week to earn our starting spot.
“For me, it’s going to be a new fight but we’re all fighting for one cause – to make sure that Chelsea win! I’m happy the first one is a big game away at Arsenal. So hopefully, we can prepare ourselves well and get a good result.”
Lukaku’s record against Arsenal isn’t great
Almost every Arsenal fan is worried about the prospect of our defenders facing Lukaku, especially after struggling to deal with Ivan Toney. However, the Belgian hasn’t always had luck on his side while facing the Gunners.
Lukaku has played 17 times against Arsenal and has been on the winning side on just five occasions. He has scored just three goals in that period as well, which makes you wonder if we’re really overthinking this.
To give Arsenal fans more hope, our recent record against the Blues has been brilliant as well. We’re unbeaten in our last four competitive games against Chelsea – drawing one before winning three on the trot.
If Arsenal really turn up against the Blues this weekend, we can beat them. However, if we play like we did against Brentford, Lukaku could score a hat-trick and we’ll probably get battered 6-0.