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Ever Seen Chelsea Play Like This?

Ever Seen Chelsea Play Like This?

Arsenal might not win the title this season, we might not win anything at all. But two things are certain; i) We look like we're prepared to give it a bloody good go and ii) We ARE the best footballing side in this country. Doubtless most of you have seen the footballing artistry demonstrated by the Gunners yesterday, so I will not indulge on the fine detail as usual. Besides which, the English language is simply too prohibitive to describe the world class pass and move stuff the Gunners played yesterday. I mean, how would you describe a Picasso painting? Exactly.

Those of you who have yet to marvel in the mastery, get yourselves a tape, hell, I recorded it, message me in the forum, I'll send it to you, it's that good!

Those of you familiar with my analyses will be aware that I tend to draw focus on a particular player and base my report around him. As you can imagine, on days like yesterday, when everyone is in such composite harmony, this becomes very difficult. I have managed to narrow my choices down to two. Firstly, young Cesc. Tuesday night was possibly his most insipid display in the red and white, but with the ink still wet on his eight year conrtact, Fabregas produced a masterclass of passing and running deep from midfield. He even put in some gritty challenges, winning the ball back for his team, adding another string to his already impressive bow. I pontificated in the week about the timing of Cesc's deal. My esteemed editr Mr. Mustchin brought you the story a fair few weeks back, so the deal has been in the offing for a while. But the announcement coincided both with the annual AGM and with Cesc's first really poor performance. The desired effect was achieved as he over ran a fired up Sidwell.

The second player I am going to laud is a player who simply does not get the credit outside of this club that he deserves. Seconds before kick off, I uttered to a friend, 'Name me a better centre half than Kolo Toure,' before hastening to add, 'without wishing to jinx his performance today.' (I needn't have bothered!) The bemused answer was, 'I never really thought about it.' Kolo was simply everywhere, with Hunt and Seol Ki Hyeon seeking to exploit space between full back and centre half, Kolo manfully filled in the gaps. At times it was like watching those Road Runner cartoons, the koyotes in attack for Reading could be seen with tweeting birds circling their heads as the typhoon Toure thwatred every attack. What I really like about Toure is how uncompromising he is, if a situation requires a row z clearance, he obliges. If it requires a firm shoulder to an onrushing attacker, he applies it. But if he can get the ball down and start an attack, either with a measured pass or a forraging run, then by God he does it. I sincerely hope Henry gets world player of the year, but in honesty I've never thought awards like that were any cop while the likes of Toure are continually left out.

The goals were all aesthetically magnificent (even the penalty build up), Henry's first minute goal encapsulated his qualities perfectly. He made a very difficult chance look childishly simple, with the ball fired at him at pace, between the legs of desperate defenders, the calmness and technique he applied are not to be underestimated. The third goal is a goal I have come to affectionately label 'an Arsenal goal.' Slick one touch passing, at pace with movement. I said earlier this season that a hundred man defence cannot keep it out when it is played that intuitively. van Persie will be credited with the goal, but for me under third goalscorer it should say 'Arsenal.' (Or perhaps even 'Wenger?')

The Arsenal fans were in fine voice as well. The first strains of a new chant were aired (minors look away now). Now I know I said I wished we would stop singing about Ashley Cole, but this chant I like because it incorporates and acknowledges the brilliance of Gallas, #I would rather have a Willy than a c***# Brilliant. I've yet to have the chance to view the game back yet (pesky work), so I don't know what sky made of our performance, but one thing's for certain, I cannot wait to stick the tape on tonight and find out!

Next up is a trip to West Brom and in recent years I've come to really enjoy these games. Five years ago, I considered Leage Cup games of an obligation, a tick in the box as it were. But I undertake the journey to the Black Country with some relish as it is always a pleasure to see the next crop of Fabregas's coming through our conveyor belt like crop of talent. A glimpse of Denilson, the returns of Swiss Tony and 'Hurricane' Clichy and maybe even Merida? The boys gave the boss a deserved birthday treat on sunday, maybe their 'shadow cabinet' can continue to satisfy our footballing sweet tooth?


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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Monday October 23 2006
Time: 1:27PM

Comments

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great article and the headline did make me chuckle. superb performance, chelski must wish they could have the type of footy that gets pundits drooling, instead they are just a result based team.. boring and winning, but i suppose after 40 years of nowt its better than nothing.
PUREGOLD
23/10/2006 13:33:00
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It's funny, Chelsea had nothing to do with your game yesterday. Nevertheless, we are so important for you that you nevertheless include us in your headline. I guess there's some kind of compliment in that, but really I wish you'd stop thinking of Chelsea whilst you beat your meat, which is what this article was about.
EuroBlue
23/10/2006 13:39:00
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"how would you describe a Picasso painting? Exactly." You really aren't very grown-up or clued up about art, are you if you resort to such a childish cliché about one of the 20th century's most over-rated painters. Then again, that's what we expect from Gooners: they think that they are a lot more intelligent than they are in reality.
EuroBlue
23/10/2006 13:47:00
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EuroBlue, its called a rivalry. We've been London rivals for ages, only in recent years has it come to prominence with your sugardaddy moving in. Expect to cop it.
Jammathon
23/10/2006 13:51:00
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I was at Reading yesteday and as much as it pains me I must agree with euroBlue. We were 4 goals up away from home with the team playing some suberb football and almost every song from our end was anti Chelsea, Moaninho or Cashley Hole. Whilst much of it is amusing once or twice per game I can't help but thinking that pro Arsenal songs are much more supportive of the team that ten men and a mobile phone going to bed with Ashley Cole. Don't get me wrong, when we play Chelsea and the lying little turd, let him have it as much as possible and the "have you ever seen Chelsea play like this" song be blasted from the rooftops, but we don't need it every single away game. Anyway, superb performance and the Gooner boys are certainly in the groove.
hatespur
23/10/2006 13:54:00
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Out of interest, I saw no mention anywhere that, on Wednesday we beat the team that made you look silly in June. Nor did anyone point out that you lost to CSKA Moscow, a club that Chelsea beat twice in 2004. That's because, frankly, we don't define ourselves in relation to our pretentious neighbours from N5. Clearly your lot are suffering from some kind inferiority complex, perhaps brought on by the constant self-abuse in which you indulge (if these articles are to be believed).
EuroBlue
23/10/2006 13:55:00
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We ARE the best footballing side in this country:: if you were really that good you would win a domestic treble no? I will say you play the niceses football but honestly, if u don't stop trying to pass the ball into the net.
joni
23/10/2006 13:56:00
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lets face it, we can't have a pop at spurs becuase there is n't much t pop at, chelsea have been asleep since the 60's and now are the second largest team in london, so its only right we should give them stick for winning without style... and also, just by euroblue coming on here and moaning and crying shows they would love to have the accolade arsenal have.. alas they haven't so there :P
PUREGOLD
23/10/2006 13:56:00
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Now you are being rediculous EuroBlue. When you got beat at Boro nobody forced down your throat that we beat them 7-0 last season. Making daft comparisons from seasons past is a little childish and futile I would say. But hey ho, carry on.
hatespur
23/10/2006 14:05:00
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This is completely off the subject of how we are the best footballing team in England, but Ive just been randomly trying to complete an Arsenal team of players of whom the oldest is Eboue at 23. But I dont quite understand the central midfielders. Fabregas obviously you cant take out, Denilson looks as though he could be great, but also Diaby was looking incredible before Dan Smith came along. 3 amazing young center midfielders. Its very early, but a great player might be getting left out. Unless we played 5-4-1 with Walcott up front, but then a good striker is left out...
ArsenalRob
23/10/2006 14:14:00
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