Chelsea take a short trip across London to face the meanest defence in the league today, a record equalled only by themselves so far this season.
Old Lille club-mates, Gervinho and Hazard will be up against each other rather than in the same team and after the final whistle, who will come out on and take a few bragging rights with them?
Hopefully it will be Gervinho!
Chelsea sit pretty at the top of the Premier League but you would expect them to be, apart from Newcastle, they haven’t faced any of the so called ‘top clubs’. We however, have faced both Liverpool and Manchester City away from home and earned two good results at both, especially at Anfield.
We match Chelsea on both goals scored and goals conceded, so today really should be a close affair and the meanest defence will surely come out on top. We may not be second in the league but can anyone deny that we are playing some of the best football the league has witnessed so far this season? Once we start finding the back of the net a bit more often, we’ll be even better!
Last season Chelsea came to The Emirates for a point and they got it but with their all singing, all dancing, new look attacking side, I doubt we will witness such tactics, they will want to win.
We just need to want win more and if we do, we will. It’s that simple.
Chelsea maybe league leaders and unbeaten in six but they struggled against QPR, managing only a point, they also threw away a two-goal lead at home to Juventus in the Champions League and but for a very late Cashley goal, Stoke would have shared the points in their last league fixture.
Both clubs managed to bag six goals against lower league opponents in the Capital One Cup during the week but Chelsea played a few of their ‘big players’ – whereas we rested most of ours.
Not only is there the little battle between Gervinho and Hazard today, there is also a little battle between the two tricky, talented and ‘great on the eye’ players. Santi Cazorla and Juan Mata – two little Spanish matadors who can side-step, spin and create fantasy football all on their own.
Captain Vermaelen is back today, having recovered from his virus and there are no other injuries to report from midweek. Mannone, who Wenger says he nearly sold in the summer, should continue in goal as Szczesny remains 2/3 weeks away from a return.
Selection problems for Arsene Wenger?
No, not according to him, he says he has selection solutions as the squad gets stronger and stronger as players return to fitness.
On paper, today’s fixture should be one of the best the Premier League will see this season.
Let’s go and play our part, just play it better than Chelsea….
Do that and three points will be ours…..
Have a good day all…..