Chelsea new boy Tiemoue Bakayoko takes dig at Arsenal: Tottenham rivalry is bigger

But Bakayoko thinks matches against Spurs mean more to players and supporters of Chelsea.

“I think that actually in terms of rivalries that Chelsea have, the one with Tottenham is perhaps even bigger than Arsenal,” he told the club’s official website.

“Having already played that match, being able to win that match, being able to bring so much happiness to our fans was really a wonderful achievement for the team.

“Now we’re looking forward to the match against Arsenal, which perhaps carries less of that rivalry, but it is nevertheless incredibly important and it’s absolutely vital that we work hard to achieve the right result on the pitch.”

Bakayoko also understands the importance of Chelsea’s matches against their London rivals.

He added: “These sorts of matches above all are really important to the fans, and if there’s a lot of importance that is riding on this game then it probably comes from the people associated with the club and the fans and what it means for them living in London.

“But in terms of us players, we’ll be focusing on the game.

“We’ve already made a good start to the season and we’re at home as well so it’s not a match that we can afford to lose and our objective remains based just on what happens on the field of play.”

Chelsea will look for a big victory to keep the pressure on Manchester City and Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table.

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Though the opening day game against Burnley was tough, Chelsea have done very well since that point – with a comfortable win against Qarabag the latest game to go in the Blues’ favour this term.

They haven’t had it easy, either, with games against Everton and Tottenham touted with being difficult for the Blues. Despite that, they cruised through both clashes relatively easily, and that speaks volumes about how well they are doing.

Arsenal are next up for Antonio Conte’s side, and games between the two sides are often competitive and always fiery. Both sides will be keen to win, but do Chelsea have the edge this time round?

There’s no doubt about it: on current form, Chelsea are looking far better.

Other than a patchy 15 minute period against Burnley, the Blues have been close to perfect, and there’s no reason why that won’t continue this weekend.

The impressive 6-0 win against Qarabag is likely to fill the team with confidence, and with key men like Alvaro Morata and Pedro firing, it looks like there is no stopping Chelsea.

He’s back!

Eden Hazard has made a few bit-part appearances this season having recovered from an injury, but Sunday could be his first opportunity to feature from the start.

Against Qarabag he showed signs hinting that he was getting back to his best, and Arsenal will need to watch out.

He was incredible last time out against the Gunners. More of the same could give Chelsea the edge.

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