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Chelsea vs. Arsenal

Stamfod Bridge

10th December 2006

16:00

On Sky

Chelsea V Arsenal

Arsenal will be looking to cling on to whatever title hopes still remain on Sunday as they travel to Stamford Bridge looking to end Chelsea's astonishing unbeaten run at home.

Many will be tipping Chelsea to win the game fairly comfortably, espically considering Arsenal have most of thier star players missing.

Vital Chelsea may claim that they are the team that irritate us the most but I can assure them that this is not the biggest game of the season.

Cashley Tweedy (A.H/Cole) will be the centre of attention for players, pundits and fans alike (maybe it will make up for him feeling left out after the Champions League final?).

Vital Quotes:

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: 'I think it is a very good circumstance for us.

"It is a relief for the team to qualify for the Champions League [Knockout Stage] and we responded well last week with a good win over Tottenham.

'The morale in the squad is very high and I feel we can go there and beat them.

"I want to win the Premiership and it is a good chance on Sunday to reduce the gap between us and Chelsea. It is up to us to do it.

"It is always difficult to win there but I would give everything for us to do it and go on to win the title.

"It looks crazy, but the next game is Chelsea and it is a good opportunity for us. Man United are still a long way away but we have done well in the big games until now.

'This is an opportunity for us to show we have the character and the quality.

'I trust my players to deliver something special on Sunday."

Jose Mourinho says that he has much respect for Wenger but they will never be friends: 'For me he is a fantastic manager. I don't think we are the best friends. Not even friends. We are colleagues. And I have 200 per cent respect for the work he's done over the years. He's a fantastic manager, one of the best.'

The Blues manager also says that Arsenal are 'pretty' when they win: 'Pretty when they were champions without defeat, yes. Not pretty when they finish fourth, not pretty when they had to win their last game to qualify for the Champions League.'

Chelsea Team News:

Chelsea have only one injury concern - Carlo Cudicini. the Italian missed their midweek game against Levski Sofia. Hilario should start.

Ashley Tweedy is expected to get kicked, I mean is expected to start for Chelsea against his former employers. Terry, Makelele and Carvalho all return for the Blues.

Player to watch: Didier Drogba

The Ivorian enjoyed playing against Senderos last season and he's been in great form so far this season. He will look to bully Senderos and Djourou.

Arsenal Team News:

The Arsenal are missing several key players for the clash of Stamfod Bridge. Thierry Henry, Willy Gallas, Tomas Rosicky, Diaby and Lauren are all injred while the colossus that is Kolo Toue is suspended after picking up his 5th yellow card of the season against Tottenham last week.

Djourou shoul start with Senderos but Wenger could choose to drop Gilberto back into defence. Flamini and Baptista are in contention for the third centeral midfield role.

Player to watch: Cesc fabregas

With such a long injry list the players, the manager and the Arsenal faithful will be looking to him for some inspiration. Expect the Spaniard to have a good go at Lampard and Ballack.

Match Facts & Stats

- Arsenal have won 50% (14/28) of the London derbies between the two teams.

- Arsenal have won 1 (Tottenham) lost 2 (West Ham and Fluham) of thier london derbies this season.

- Chelsea have beaten Arsenal only once in the leage at home in the last decade.

Ref Watch:

In his 15 matches this season referee Alan Wiley has dished out 43 yellow cards and 2 reds. He has officiated two Arsenal games (3-0 and 4-0 over Sheff Utd and Reading respectivly) Refs have been getting a lot of bad press of late, lets hope that this game can be remembered for it's football (and Arsenal victory) rather than for a shocking decision from the ref.

Match Prediction:

As usual it's over on the Forum. Gooners won't like it this week...

Vital Members Have Their Say

Vital Arsenal member ItsUpForGrabsNow: 'A lot of people, including the media, belive that we wont win. I however am feeling optimistic about playing Chelsea, People said we wouldn't win against Man Utd, Real Madrid etc, yet we played some great football and won the game.

Yes, not having Gallas or Toure playing is a massive blow, but we've had to deal with injuries like this before and come through it with flying colours. I think its fairly obvious he's (wenger) going to play Adebayor on his own up front in a 4-5-1, but i believe if we play Walcott on the wing from the start especially against Geremi he would absolutly cream him for pace.

Also play Baptista in Central midfield alongside Cesc as i think with Ballack, Lampard and Essien in CM we need a bit of Beef there. So get behind the team lets kick some Chav ass!!'




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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 9 2006

Time: 6:37PM

Your Comments

Somehow somewhat I have a sneaky feeling we could snatch all 3 points...Man Usa's win should put Chelski under a bit more pressure and with us coming in as underdogs,it could work well in our favour...:)
jess_farenesh
i think united's win could prove at our cost tomorrow, i think chelsea will be even more determined now and this could be at our disavantage
PUREGOLD
I agree with PG, Chelsea have alot of mature players who know what needs to be done. Because of that I cant see us winning.
kez_mufc
HA HA Your sh!tting yourselves!This time last week you lot were 6 points above us and making a push for the title.Now we are level and one of your games in hand is away against the champs,i feel better this sat :)
HATEtheGOONS
Forget Chelsea for a moment, we also have guys in this team who are champions, and who want to win it just as badly as Chelsea do, so no need to worry about them, they are already under pressure to deliver tomm, and for the past two seasons, they have never been in any pressure in the league........when was da last time chelsea were 9 points behind the leaders in the league? so tomm is a test for them, how they will respond to pressure, and if they win, they will be champions again, but i for one think they can buckle under it, so COME YOU GUNNERS!!!!!!! ARSENAL all the way..
luckys_10
We need to show them that Gunners have quality and the self-confidence to contain anything that is thrown at us. There's no other better time that now. Go Gunners!!! It's 11 men against 11 men.
SWPACIFIC
without the big players, the young uns play with more freedom. the gunners will shock with powerfull football tomoro. 2 quality teams. arsenal to win
mish
everytime we played against joses team,i have felt that we would do them,and we have ended losin or drawin,today i think we will get beat because of our players who are missing,so hopefully i am wrong
fran merida
As long as the boys perform to the levels we know they are capable of, are brave and stick to our beliefs of pure football il be happy.
iceman10
WHAT A QUALITY GAME LOST MY VOICE. CHELSEAS GOAL SPECTACULAR AS IT WAS, FOLLOWED A FOUL BY ASHLEY COLE. THE RESULT WAS FAIR THOUGH. IF WE KEEP PLAYING LIKE THAT NOT MANY WILL HAVE THE QUALITY TO COME BACK. QUALITY FOOTBALL FROM BOTH SIDES
mish
Great performance from the boys. unfortunate with the foul on the goal but you cant deny Chelsea did not deserve to lose. Maureen-the-Hoe was typically foolsish in his after match comments saying we came to draw whilst forgetting we were devoid of our 2 1st choice centre backs and the best striker in Europe, 12 attempts away vs Chelsea is not the performance of a team who came to draw. He left his most dangerous player on the bench for most of the game and he says we came to draw! lol Gilberto was sensational but it looks like sky dont hand out Man of the match at the bridge unless Lampard or Terry win it!
iceman10
just got back, i have to say it was a good game,fair result,but you can see that the tide is slowing turning against chelski,coz the last two years they would have got the 3 points,you can see that their fans are feeling the pressure cos they were even more quiet than usual,you wouldnt have known that they were champs,and fighting to retain it,but maybe they know that they are going the wrong way
fran merida
Couldn't disagree with you guys, Chelsea didn't deserve to lose but what a performance from the young Gunners,courage&determination,didn't agree with Moan-rinho saying we'd played for a draw,sounds like he's under pressure after 2 points dropped at home...:) We're up to sixth,win away at Wigan and we'll be 3rd...let's carry this performance thru to Wednesday...
jess_farenesh
seems our point is bigger than chelsea's as it 2 pts lost. well done boys, 9 minutes from nearly a win at the bridge, no shame, not many have won there in 3 years
PUREGOLD
a great result for the gooners...a bad day at the office for chelsea and a very good day for utd..
ernshaw
Once again we seem to be lacking in Spurs fans. We'll lose to Porto and Chelea they said.........They must be the most wrong fans in the world. Every prediction they makes is utter dross.
Rocky7
i was thinking the same thing,we should get them to give us negative predictions for all our games, hang on a sec, they always give us neg.predictions on all our games,how sad is that?especially when they get it more wrong than right,but thats what we come to expect from sad twisted bitter spuds
fran merida
 

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