The English Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, and Bundesliga will be put on hold for two weeks as players travel elsewhere to compete on the international stage. After that Chelsea will take on Brentford, and Arsenal will take on Crystal Palace on Saturday.
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Meanwhile, here are Chelsea and Arsenal early season report cards as both teams prepare for their upcoming EPL match.
Position: 1st Points: 16
Having delivered Champions League glory so early in his tenure, you did wonder where Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea could go next.
But their very good start to the Premier League season – sitting top after seven games, a point clear of Liverpool – shows there is plenty more to accomplish.
Chelsea has been very impressive so far, recording five comfortable wins, a draw at Liverpool playing with 10 men for 45 minutes, and with just the one setback at home to Man City.
Creativity oozes through the team with Mateo Kovacic, Reece James, and Cesar Azpilicueta all among the assists in the first seven games.
The wins over Crystal Palace, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Tottenham, and Southampton have been ruthless – Tuchel’s Chelsea invariably gets the job done.
But overall, Chelsea looks at every inch of the title contenders we all expected them to be this season. They’ll have N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva back after the international as well, so can only get stronger.
Position: 11th Points: 10
The Gunners opening seven games have been a complete mixed bag. They started with three consecutive defeats – surprisingly to Brentford and then less surprisingly to Chelsea and Man City (5-0).
This was then followed by ground-out wins over Norwich and Burnley before everything seemed to click in that impressive north London derby win over Tottenham.
The Gunners were the inferior side in Saturday’s goalless draw at Brighton and remain an enigma when it comes to assessing their direction of travel right now.
On the plus side, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is scoring goals again and the fluidity of their football to sweep aside Spurs, with Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe majestic, offered a glimpse of what it could be like. Martin Odegaard has been pretty good.
But equally the goals aren’t exactly flowing and the best sides are still going to inflict serious punishment on deference that rarely inspired confidence.
Back-to-back home games with Crystal Palace and Aston Villa after the internationals mean Arsenal have the chance to kick on.
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