By Emmanuel Okogba
Thibaut Courtois feels the right time to face London rivals, Arsenal in the Premier League is now. This is coming after Chelsea rediscovered their form as they suffered a shock opening day home defeat to Burnley.
Arsenal on the other hand have had a mixed start to their campaign this term, winning two and drawing two of their first four games.
Chelsea will welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge on Sunday for a lunch time kick-off on the back of a 6-0 record equalling white-wash of lowly Qarabag in the Champions League.
‘It is good to face Arsenal now,’ Courtois said.
‘Everybody is healthy and things are going well. We won at Leicester, won comfortably (on Tuesday night) and will go into the Arsenal game with a good feeling.
‘We are doing well. After the bad first half against Burnley, I think all our performances have been good. We have shown good spirit, good football and good wins most importantly of all.’
Conte’s first game against Arsenal in the league a year ago ended in a humbling 3-0 loss, a scoreline that birthed the now very reliable 3-4-3 formation which prompted a 13-game winning run. With Arsenal competing in the Europa League and Chelsea having an extra day rest, Courtois feels his side is in a good place and have a better frame of mind.
‘Do we feel like we are in a good place? Yes,’ Courtois added.
‘Sometimes it is good to face a big team early. Last year it didn’t work out against Liverpool and Arsenal, but this season we have already won at Tottenham.
‘Arsenal had a few bad matches, but won comfortably (against Bournemouth) last weekend.
‘For us and for them it’s a big game because we are third in the table.
‘Obviously we want to close the gap (to Manchester United and Manchester City) and take points off Arsenal as well.’