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15 July 2024

Chelsea, Arsenal seek home wins in different competitions to counter fans restlessness


Chelsea and Arsenal look for home wins in different competitions this week to counter restlessness among fans that is hampering the London clubs' hunt for silverware this season.

Interim manager Rafa Benitez hasn't been accepted by Chelsea supporters, who express their discontent every match at Stamford Bridge. The team has failed to score in four of six home games under Benitez ahead of Wednesday's Premier League match against Southampton, when victory would keep Chelsea's slim title hopes alive.

Arsenal fans, meanwhile, remain unhappy about the direction the club is heading as it attempts to end a barren stretch of eight years, with manager Arsene Wenger saying nerves are getting to the players in matches at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal hosts Swansea on Wednesday in one of 11 FA Cup third-round replays.