Before every Arsenal fixture, we’ll bring you a Scouting Report on the Gunners’ next opponents.

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson will give his pre-match view and you can get his post-match verdict in our Talking Tactics feature on Arsenal Player.

Arsène Wenger and his side travel to Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday so, to find out more, we also asked journalist Dan Levene for his thoughts and analysis.

Stewart Robson

"Key to Chelsea's ability to open teams up is the passing of Juan Mata. Like David Silva at Manchester City, he roams across midfield to find space before picking out the forward runs of others with superb awareness.

"Despite losing their discipline at Queen’s Park Rangers last weekend, they still dominated the second half at Loftus Road with only nine men because they still possess highly-technical players."

Scouting Report - Tactics

"Generally they play a 4-3-3 with Mata and Sturridge accompanying either Drogba or Torres up front. Lampard and Ramires have been regulars so far this season, and there's a chance Raul Meireles might get into the side too.

"Mata has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water really. He's already a fans' favourite at Stamford Bridge, with some even going as far to compare him with Gianfranco Zola - which is too strong for now obviously. He's got the creative flair that all fans want to see and I think it's fair to say he's been a bit of a revelation so far.

"Normally I'd say that losing Drogba would be big against Arsenal, given his record of goals against them in recent years. That said, this season he has looked a shadow of his former self and hasn't particularly impressed at all.

"In Torres they don't have a bad replacement at all. He is a player who looks like he is finally getting back to his form of old and has scored quite a few goals recently.

"If I had to pick out one weakness for Chelsea it is that the full-backs do like to get forward a lot, and naturally that leaves quite a lot of space for wingers. But Chelsea do have very good centre-backs in John Terry and whoever plays alongside him - whether that be David Luiz, Ivanovic or Alex - and they usually do a solid enough job sweeping up any danger.

"If you had to push me for a prediction I'd say 2-1 Chelsea."

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    28 Oct 2011