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Journalist: Chelsea simply cannot afford to perform badly against Arsenal on Sunday

The Chelsea fans in the TRansfer Tavern are feeling pretty pessimistic about the coming season…

Though last season was a good one, the Blues have struggled to recruit efficiently this summer, and whilst they’ve spent big money – a few more players are still needed if they want to compete next season.

Indeed, after a poor pre-season and a lack of transfer market activity, things at Stamford Bridge are not looking too great, and this – according to Simon Johnson of the Evening Standard – is why Chelsea’s game against Arsenal on Sunday is so important for the club.

Discussing Chelsea’s upcoming game, Johnson describes it as a match of ‘huge importance’, before suggesting that a loss could see Chelsea spiral as they did under Jose Mourinho a couple of years ago. He said: “Chelsea need a victory at Wembley to reverse the negative momentum. They failed to do just that when they contested the trophy against Arsene Wenger’s side in 2015. Mourinho was in charge back then…He was fired by December”.

Clearly, Johnson is placing a lot of emphasis on this game, and it is very hard to argue otherwise. There is certainly a negative atmosphere emanating from Stamford Bridge at present, and a loss could really make things even worse.

Landlord’s Verdict

The Community Shield as a trophy is largely considered irrelevant, but as a fixture, it is anything but. Particularly when fought between Arsenal and Chelsea, the game is a highly-contested and important affair and it can often set the tone for the weeks to come.

A dominant win will undoubtedly put Chelsea in the driving seat, but a loss could see the Blues’ sense of disappointment spiral out of control.

Still, Chelsea will undoubtedly go into the game as favourites, and one cannot forget that the majority of the players that won the Premier League last season will turn out once again.

A loss would not be a disaster, but it would certainly spell bad news for the Blues.

Chelsea fans – thoughts?

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