Much speculation surrounds the future of Thomas Vermaelen but here’s a big hint that he’s staying put whilst talking about his manager and his 1000th game:
It’s incredible – not a lot of managers do that nowadays because they come in and out, so for him to achieve 1,000 games is something unbelievable.
Everybody wants him to stay as long as he can. He’s been incredible with what he’s done for this club and for the players as well.
We would be really happy to see him signing on for a few more years. If you see him off the pitch there’s always a lot of hunger in him and a lot of ambition still. He’s not losing that at all.
So the captain wants Arsene to stay, which suggests he wants to stay and play for him, the players want him to stay and the man himself wants to stay…..
So my guess is, he’s staying…….
Sometimes, some people just really do let themselves down don’t they and Jose Mourinho did just that yesterday.
On a day when so many managers paid tribute to Arsene Wenger for reaching such a milestone, the poison dwarf, aka Jose Mourinho could only muster up a few words. None of which were full of praise:
I admire him and admire Arsenal.
It is not possible to have 1,000 matches unless the club is also a fantastic club in the way they support their manager, especially in the bad moments – and especially when the bad moments were quite a lot.
What a horrid man he is!
Anyway, the best way to shut that squirt up is to finally beat him, get the three points and then go get that league title which has eluded us for far too long.
Yesterday was an emotional day for Arsene Wenger, Arsenal FC, players past and present and of course us fans but that’s done and dusted now and today it’s back to business…
Business means getting three points and closing the gap between us and the top spot.
Chelsea have Ashley Cole out injured and both Ramires and Willian are suspended.
Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby are all out injured and Tomas Rosicky is a doubt too which is not good news. I hope he passes his late fitness test.
I doubt anyone really expects us to come away from Stamford Bridge with all the points but I’m not sure why. We have shown this season how determined we can be in defence so if we can get an early goal there’s no reason why we can’t go on and win the game.
- Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games against the Gunners (W2, D2).
- Arsenal have a good record at Stamford Bridge, winning almost a third of their 76 league visits (W25, D25, L26).
- The Gunners have also outscored the Blues at the Bridge, with 100 goals to 95.
So, all is not doom and gloom going into this game and I honestly don’t think we should play with any fear….
Pace, width and decisive passing will win this game, together with strong defending, discipline and 100% commitment to win.
That all has to come from us.
A mention for Scott from Oz, our resident blogger from ‘down under’. He’s here in the Uk and after a trip up the river, he’s off to watch the boys play for the first time. Is he excited, for sure he is and I hope he becomes the players lucky mascot both today and for the City game….
‘Game of the season’ says Arsene..
Let’s get one of the best results of the season by beating that horrid lot on their own turf!!