Date:Monday December 27 2010
When it comes to Arsenal vs Chelsea the topic of conversation always leads in one direction, how Didier Drogba has made us look like mugs for as long as I can remember (my wife would tell you that isn't very long, but that's by the by).
There's little point in trying to hide from the fact that every time we face Chelsea, Drogba scores, and more often than not, they win. It's frustrating, it's annoying and it's very very costly. And it has to stop.
Arsene Wenger has spoken of the importance of stopping the supply to the big Ivorian, and the striker himself, if Arsenal are to move back up to second in the table and maintain the chase of both Manchesters.
'Drogba has always been very efficient against us. He is a big-game player,' said Wenger.
'Recently when Chelsea were in trouble against Tottenham, who turned up? It was Drogba again.
'When you play against Chelsea he is the guy you need to keep quiet. The way he works in tandem with Frank Lampard is also important. Lampard always finds Drogba when he plays so we have to stop that.'
'If you look at the statistics, defending against Drogba is one of the keys, if not the biggest key, of the game.'
Chelsea have been very brittle over the last couple of months, but they've slowly gotten back up to almost full strength, to go into the game thinking we could win because they're off form would be a huge mistake, we need to play them as if they're firing on all cylinders.
Due to our irritating ability to completely give up the ghost in big games I'm not very optimistic about tonight, but there was a time when Chelsea just couldn't get a win against us ..... the tide has to turn at some point. Let's hope it's tonight.
Date:Monday December 27 2010
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