CHELSEA vs Arsenal: Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Date: Saturday, 29 October

Kick-off: 1245 BST

Does anyone actually bet on our final scoreline anymore or do they just go for how many players we’ll have left on the field these days? Well, testing how pliant the ref’s right arm is against us today, it’s Arsenal in the early kick-off.

Shame we didn’t get them a month ago when they were spectacularly rubbish but we wouldn’t expect any less than for them to raise their game for us anyway, so we’ll take them as we find them.

 

 

MANAGERS’ VIEWS

After last week’s officiating fiasco and the circus that’s followed us around all week, going into today’s game, AVB says “The most important thing is to return to winning ways in the Premier League and this is a big game against Arsenal.  We have to be focused on committing fewer mistakes than we did at QPR last week because Arsenal are always a threat and I always consider them as a title challenger.  Arsene Wenger is one of the best managers in the world.  He is a person of knowledge who has done so much good for his club and still has a hunger for success.  That success hasn’t been happening for Arsenal lately but they are still hungry for titles and want to get back to winning ways.  Today we have two very well- organised teams who are both committed to playing good, attacking football. I just hope that the game can live up to my expectations but sometimes when you are hoping for too much it goes exactly the opposite way.”

A more confident Arsene Wenger meanwhile, says “I believe that we have grown as a team compared with one month ago.  Now we face the real tests of our quality and, of course, that is where we want to show that we have improved. That’s what is at stake at the moment.  A positive result would demonstrate that we are ready to compete at the top again. That is what we want to achieve of course and we will give absolutely everything to do well in this game. We will have a go.  Chelsea are up there, they have quality, and for me at Manchester United they showed that quality.  They are a bit more creative than they were before because Juan Mata has given them something a bit more in the final third.  They look to be in better shape than last year so it will demand a strong defensive performance on our side. We also need to attack them like we used to away from home.”

 

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, Essien (knee) and Hilario (flu) miss out, as do Didier Drogba and Ross Turnbull through suspension.  Ramires (knee) is fit to play now, Torres is set to return to the starting line-up after his ban and in spite of the amount of stick he is in for, John Terry is expected to lead the team out as usual.

For Arsenal, Gibbs (stomach), Diaby, Wilshere and Sagna (all ankle) are all out, with Jenkinson (knee) facing a late fitness test.

 

 

TEAMS

CHELSEA (from): Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Alex, Ferreira, Terry, Luiz, Cole, McEachran, Mikel, Romeu, Meireles, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Malouda, Torres, Anelka, Sturridge, Lukaku, Kalou, Taylor, Blackman.

ARSENAL (from): Szczesny, Santos, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Walcott, Song, Ramsey, Arteta, Van Persie, Gervinho, Fabianski, Rosicky, Park, Benayoun, Frimpong, Chamakh, Djourou, Arshavin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Miyaichi.

 

 

LAST SEASON

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal (3rd October 2010)

 

 

PREDICTION

JT to concede 2 penalties just for leading us out, reds for Luiz, and Cole, a brace for Torres and Arsene Wenger to wet himself where he stands when RVP gets a hattrick in the 20 minutes added on for time wasted looking for handbags to swing. Well come on, anything is possible this season apparently!

 

4 Responses to “CHELSEA vs Arsenal: Preview”

  1. 3-1

  2. Chelsea 4 1 Arsenal

  3. Well, well! RVP did get a hat-trick, and just as well for Arsenal that Terry stayed on for 90 minutes! In the words of one Bruce Buck, we got the crap beaten out of us by Arsenal. :)

  4. Wenger to wet himself where he stands when RVP gets a hattrick in the 20 minutes added on for time wasted looking for handbags to swing. Well come on, anything is possible this season apparently! – spot on