The Barclays Premier League serves up some early season high drama Saturday when fans can watch Chelsea host Arsenal live online in what will be, arguably, a must-win game for both teams. But it may not be arguable that winning the game is a must for defending title-holders Chelsea, who are off to their worst start since the Premier League began in 1992 and need to start piling up the points fast if they want to have any shot at keeping their crown.
The two clubs last met on August 2 in the pre-season FA Community Shield, pitting the league champions against the previous season's FA Cup winners, Arsenal. The Gunners came away with the shield, winning 1-0. But in recent league meetings, Chelsea has the upper hand, beating Arsene Wenger's side three times with three draws in the last six confrontations.
Arsenal has not scored a Premier League goal against Chelsea in 392 minutes of play, going back to January 20 of 2013. But this is a different Chelsea club, one which headed into Match Week Six find themselves in the unfamiliar 17th position on the table with just one win and four points from their first five league matches.
To find out how to watch the Chelsea vs. Arsenal match live online and see whether Arsenal can finally put one in the back of the net against their London rivals, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, at Stamford Bridge in London, England. For United States viewers, that start time will be 7:45 a.m. Eastern Time, 4:45 a.m. Pacific.
The two clubs, however, bring a totally different momentum into the game after their mid-week UEFA Champions League action. Chelsea, playing in the comfort of home, blew away Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv 4-0.
But Arsenal traveled to Croatia to face perennial Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb — who proceeded to stun Wenger's team 2-1. To make matters worse, the Gunners did not land back in London until the early dawn hours of Thursday morning.
"I don't use that as an excuse," Wenger said in a press conference later Thursday. "I believe we are in a position where we can perform."
To watch Chelsea vs. Arsenal live online and see if Jose Mourinho's men can turn around their dismal early-season fortunes to finally get their title defense off the ground, use the live stream provided by NBC Sports Live Extra at this link, or download the NBC Sports Live Extra app to watch the match on mobile devices.
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