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Team News: Chelsea vs Arsenal

Today is going to go a long way in showing just how far we`ve come in our recovery after an horrendous 8 months in the club`s recent history.

What we need to remember however, is that getting something from the game isn`t the sole indicator of our progression, going to Stamford Bridge and getting a point or three is tough for even the best teams in the league, but if we can put in a good performance and compete in this match, even if we lose, will tell us a lot.

Tomas Vermaelen makes the bench after a long lay off, and long time Arsenal tormentor, Didier Drogba is suspended after his atrocious two footed tackle in the QPR match last week.

Here`s the complete line up.

• 01 Cech
• 02 Ivanovic
• 03 Cole
• 17 Bosingwa
• 26 Terry
• 07 Ramires
• 08 Lampard
• 12 Mikel
• 09 Torres
• 10 Mata
• 23 Sturridge

• 46 Blackman
• 04 David Luiz
• 34 Bertrand
• 06 Romeu
• 15 Malouda
• 16 Meireles
• 18 Lukaku

• 13 Szczesny
• 04 Mertesacker
• 06 Koscielny
• 11 Santos
• 20 Djourou
• 08 Arteta
• 14 Walcott
• 16 Ramsey
• 17 Song
• 10 Van Persie
• 27 Gervinho

• 21 Fabianski
• 05 Vermaelen
• 25 Jenkinson
• 07 Rosicky
• 23 Arshavin
• 26 Frimpong
• 09 Park Chu-Young

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 29 2011

Time: 12:39PM

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Wow its quieter then the Emirates on here!?
Slurms McKenzie
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29/10/2011 13:32:00

Bit of a shocking analogy there Slurms, seeing as Stamford Bridge has been almost silent in that first half - everytime there's an audible chant from the TV it's from the away end.
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29/10/2011 13:34:00

Breaking news: Arsenal are awful defensively lol. Liverpool get Enrique for 6mil, we get a winger masquerading as a LB for the same price. At this point, all you can do is laugh.
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29/10/2011 13:36:00

Hey Gunnerkid107, wingers as left backs has worked for Spurs so its only natural that smaller clubs copy the bigger clubs:-( Wenger out!
Slurms McKenzie
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29/10/2011 14:04:00

Awful defence on both ends to be fair. Went to shower at half time and I'm surprised to see the scoreline right now! :D
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29/10/2011 14:15:00

That's a foul wasn't it?!?!?!?!?
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29/10/2011 14:24:00

Oh dear oh dear, just keep the ball, keep calm now!!
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29/10/2011 14:31:00

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29/10/2011 14:34:00

What a game! Chelsea are awful though, you werent much better though lol. whats happened to Peter Cech?
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29/10/2011 14:36:00

What a ridiculous game! That was some defending from Terry mwahahahahahahaha what a cunnie couldn't happen to a nicer bloke :) Perfect tonic for The Arsenal! Wheres your Mourinho gone chavs???
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29/10/2011 14:42:00

WHO says we're finished????!!!! Have some of that! GUNNNERRRSSSS!
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29/10/2011 14:42:00

We could have had the game in the bag in the first 5 minutes, but anyway, thats football. Congrats to you guys.
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29/10/2011 14:43:00

Easy for those w@nnky commentators to slate santos and Djourou...suspiciously quiet on captain Goering weren't they?
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29/10/2011 14:45:00

Sign him up, sign him up, sign up PLEASE!
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29/10/2011 14:52:00

Well done to Arsenal. Something has gone quite wrong with our defense and you managed to exploit the many gifts we handed to you.
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29/10/2011 15:05:00

Swings and roundabouts, mate. As we have been lectured time and time again these past 6 years- it's the final score that matters. You gifted nothing. We TOOK it.
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29/10/2011 15:08:00

His daddy is a dealer, his mummy is a tealeaf, his defence is rather leaky, the Terry family der der der der click click
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29/10/2011 15:11:00

Must ring SKY. Think I've broken the pause and rewind functions, watching John Terry fall flat on his face time and time and time and time again :D
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29/10/2011 15:28:00

Fantastic win for the Arsenal! It was too open a game for anyone but the Neutral's liking. Apart from fabulous RvP, a big mention to Ramsey who was a revelation, Theo for having a big impact and Koscielny to again prove that he is one of the finest central defenders in the league.
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29/10/2011 15:39:00

Todays one of those what the ***** just happened there kind of days
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29/10/2011 15:41:00

Lol, Sajit. You jinx, you....
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29/10/2011 15:56:00

great game but our defense still gave me heart attack!
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29/10/2011 16:18:00

Santos struggled a bit in the latter part of the first half but I wouldn't take Enrique over him based on what we've seen so far.
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29/10/2011 16:19:00

Just watched the match with a Cardiff Fan and a Yid, I took my fair share of stick but we all agreed that: Ramsey was fantastic, RvP is one of the best in the World, Walcott is great on his day, Gervinho has a massive head, Terry's a **** and Arsenal are back.
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29/10/2011 16:56:00

Oh, and it was a foul on Santos before Matas goal and Walcott drew about four good free kicks that were not given.
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29/10/2011 17:05:00

Great Win! Thanks RvP for making my weekend Start with a Big Smile on my Face!
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29/10/2011 17:13:00

Great resolve shown by the team in the second half. We were positive, cohesive and relentless. Thanks Bruce for the extra motivation we needed before the game, now you can buck yourself.
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29/10/2011 20:56:00

A win is a win but we need to tie up the defence even more. Good job that today chelsea defence is leakier than ours
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30/10/2011 02:27:00

In this world you create your own luck. Like they say "who dares wins". Well done lads.
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30/10/2011 05:12:00

This team isnt back yet, by any stretch, but getting wins under the belt. The recovery is still underway and the good thing is the continuity/consistency of results. Lets not get carried away - there are still huge areas of improvement, in defence, in attack (what happens when RvP needs a rest?). Great result, thoroughly enjoyed the game :)
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30/10/2011 08:26:00


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