It’s good vs evil, it’s art vs graft, it’s Class vs Corrupt, it’s Wenger vs Mourinho, it’s Arsenal vs Chelsea. Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge for this Saturday’s lunchtime kick off and surely the game promises to be an interesting if not intense affair. Arsenal wobbled in the midweek game against Dinamo Zagreb while Chelsea hammered Maccabi Tel Aviv to restore their confidence. Arsenal could come into this game jaded after arriving only in the early hours of Thursday and it really is hard to understand the logic why this game was chosen for a Saturday 12:45 kick off. Both teams rested a number of players in the previous game and we could see quite a lot of changes for this game. Chelsea have endured a torrid start to the season while Arsenal have steadied after a flat opening day home defeat.
Arsenal in recent years have never got it right against Chelsea; especially Mourinho’s Chelsea. Arsene Wenger finally got one over his nemesis when Arsenal nullified Chelsea and edged a 1-0 victory in the Community Shield. It was almost a mental block that the Gunners had to overcome till that game, and by securing his first win over a Mourinho led side it was a huge relief for Wenger as well. Today though the fixture is much more meaningful and our record at their place is shocking. We haven’t even managed to score a goal against Chelsea in the league since Mourinho took over in 2013.
Given our striking issues this season it’s imperative that we take our chances and be ruthless with our finishing. Chelsea have conceded 12 goals so far this season and have been shoddy defensively but I fully expect them to be their usual self when they meet us. Wenger has to decide who starts in that lone striker role. Walcott for me because his sheer pace doesn’t allow the Chelsea backline to push up.
Injury-wise, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky are long term absentees while Per Mertesacker could return to the squad.
Well, they have had a disastrous start to the season and lie 17th in the table having picked up just 4 points from their opening 5 games. Although they claimed a morale boosting win in Europe, a defeat today would certainly put an end to their title challenge. Their defence has been brutally exposed with Ivanovic, that dirty twat having a terrible season so far. Matic has also had an underwhelming start while Cesc Fabregas is reportedly missing since February.
But they are not champions for nothing; players will eventually find form and their quality will come through but there is no room for error now. It’s already a must win game for Chelsea. Willian and Pedro aren’t available according to Mourinho while John Terry, after an indifferent start to the season, could be restored to the starting lineup. Thibaut Courtois is out with a long term injury.
The season may be just five games old but it’s already a massive 6 pointer, defeat is unacceptable for either side while a win could potentially be season defining. I hope it’s the Gunners who inflict that lethal blow on Mourinho and Chelsea. Come on you Gunners!!