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Arsenal vs. Chelsea

The Emirates Stadium

16/12/07

16:00

On Sky

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Arsenal could end Sunday 4 points clear at the top of the Premiership if things go their way in the Sunday showdown.

With Manchester United travelling to Liverpool and Chelsea visiting the league leaders, Sunday is as appealing as a 4 course meal at your favrouite restaurant, followed by a night of pure passion with a beautiful woman. No? Just me then.

Arsenal will hope that their midweek win over Steaua Bucharest will signal the end of their blip in for which saw them take 4 points from three Premiership games.

Chelsea haven't lost a match since Avram Grant's first game in charge, when they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford.

While a weakened Arsenal team beat Steaua on Wednesday, Chelsea managed only a draw against Valencia on Tuesday, and if the highlights are anything to go by, they were lucky to walk away with that.

It will make a change to see a Chelsea team come to Arsenal and attack after seeing Mourinho's team adopt a alightly 'conservative' approach.

With Robin Van Persie back from injury, Arsenal will almost certainly return to a 4-4-2 formation, with Adebayor partnering Van Persie up front.

A loss for Arsenal could see them fall as low as third. However, for that to happen Chelsea would have to win by three goals, and that's just not going to happen.

With Avram Grant now seemingly winning the hearts and minds of his squad, the Chelsea players will be likely be given a boost after finding out that the Chelsea boss signed a new 4-year deal on Thursday.

Vital Quotes:

Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has taunted Chelsea by claiming that Manchester United are the biggest threat to Arsenal as they challenge for the Preiership this season: 'It's quite close. Chelsea are just behind us and Manchester United and Liverpool, too.

'But our biggest challengers are Manchester United. That is what I think it will be at the end of the season.

'They have the quality. They win games even when they're playing poorly.

'They have Ronaldo, they have Rooney, they have lots of good strikers who can win games. That's why I think it will be a battle between us and them.'


Something we didn't think would happen six months ago - Shevchenko in a confident mood: "It was the manager`s decision to take me off. I think it was important that everyone played in a game which was not so vital.

"For me, it`s important when the manager gives me a chance to play. I can then prepare myself to give my best.

"I don`t know if I will play on Sunday, it`s up to the manager. But I feel good and I hope to play because it`s a very important game.

"I try to play every game to my best and always work hard for the team. It was the same in my first season and now my second season. Every game I feel that I am getting better."


Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal still have doubts over the fitness of midfield trio Cesc Fabregas, Alex Hleb and The Flamster.

All three have a chance to return, but will have to face a fitness test on Saturday.

Van Persie should start his first Premiership game for over two months alongside Adebayor.

Diaby also returns.

Player to watch: Van Persie

The Dutchman looked suprisingly sharp on Wednesday, which would suggest that Wenger has kept him training rather than rush him back. Probably with this game in mind.

He's making all the right noises for me. Let's hope he can walk the walk as well as talk the talk on Sunday.

Chelsea Team News:

Didier Drogba will be missing for The Blues. Ballack is also still short of fitness.

Player to watch: Kalou

This lad has impressed me since he arrived at Chelsea. He will pose a bigger threat to Arsenal's goal than Shevchenko.

Match Prediction:

I think the top of the Premiership will look much the same come monday night. 0-0 for both of the big Sunday games.




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Date:Friday December 14 2007

Time: 1:20PM

Your Comments

Kalou hasnt looked very impressive so far this season, simmo. Good to have the RVP ade combination back, I think they have the nmakings of a fine partnership. A pity that injuries havent seen that developing as much as it could. I have a feeling either Cesc or Hleb will play - the Boss is simply keeping his cards close to his chest.
prits
if neither hleb cesc or mattuso return (lets hope this doesnt happen..) then what will or midfield be... Rosicky Diarra Gilberto Walcott ??????????? Or will diaby or denilson slot in somewhere???... on the left with tommy providing some creative spark in the centre....????
ArsenalRob
arsenal to nick it.. i hv a good feeling on this one.. its been a long time since we beat chelsea and sunday is our time.. late goals in each half to give us a 2-0 win
McGooner
Arsene said he wouldn't risk all 4 returning in the starting lineup. Makes me think he'll start with Flam/Fab in a 4-5-1 with Ade upfront, and keep both RVP & Hleb on the bench as weapons for later to shoot the Chavs down. 2-0 to the Gunners!!!
Andy-bayor
i rekon arsenal could nick it there playin mint at the moment and i agree mcgooner
Dann-leeds
They don't have Grogba, and the 6-0 whopping of Citeh notwithstanding, they're still playing some ugly crap. We will win 2-0 if they come to defend, and if we score early and force them to come out and play, we'll feed them a 4-1.
Gaga
nick to nick it me thinks
karley
Arsenal have scored as many goals in Premier League matches this term as Chelsea have scored and conceded combined (33). take that to mean whatever i does...
anonymous
McGooner 2-0 sounds delicious to me and statistics would suggest the same...Boasting the sharpest attack in the highest league of 33 goals in 16 outings, at one every 44 minutes on average. so for the neutrals you know when to expect a goal from us. chelsea have a very stingy defence so for us to win we must be absolutely clinical...
anonymous
its certainly gonna be a super sunday thats for certain but for me id have to go...chelsea 2-2 arsenal
Jakk-United-2007
1-0 for a long time until chelsea throw everyone forward and we snatch another in the dying seconds. 2-0
ArsenalRob
I had been thinking it'd be good to bring on Theo as a sub to run at them at later stages of the game. But Arsene has just said that he picked up a knock against Steaua and would be out. RvP and Ade to start, with Bendtner as sub up front. Argh, let's pray Eboue behave himself at RW.
Louisa
1-1 or 2-1 for us.
k_chelski
Thank you Simmo, stay on the fence that is so much better. Opinions facts great again.
alwaysgunner
If Jens starts I'm dreading another Fulham type clanger. I don't think my heart can take another frustrating afternoon of chasing a score against a parked bus. Still, being optimistic I'd be happy with any kind of win. Doesn't even have to be pretty. Just win. If John Terry accidentally blows his top due to niggling fouls (karma/b!tch/innit) and gets banned for fives games, then all the better.
Mistraal
Theres only one Gael Clichy; Theres only one Gael Clichy; When Cashley Hole left; He Thought that he was the best; But Clichy's the best left back in the world
ArsenalRob
For those of you who're going to the stadium tomorrow, no matter what (it's guaranteed to be a tough game), please do keep standing behind the team. That'll make a difference. You might really want to boo Cashley, by all means do so, as to be honest that's a bit "overdue" since he didn't come back to the Emirates last year. But the most important thing is that we give absolutely strong support for the team to go for 3 points. (Don't know if I'm saying this because of the bad things I saw at the Valencia ground today, it's sad how the fans left with 25 minutes to go, when they were 2-0 down, albeit in freezing cold and rain. That only made it worse and the game ended 3-0 to Barca.) And yes, cheer on good Gael on my behalf please! Also do my share of cheering on Kolo and Gallas and RvP and Hleb and Cesc and Tomas and Matthieu Gattuso and Sagna and Almunia and Ade and whoever Arsene plays please!
Louisa
1-0 or 2-1 to us, a draw would be quite bad.
stukazufuss
http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_2979809,00.html - just saw this,waht do you gus think of it? will you miss him? from what ive heard when he plays he looks a good player
united4life
I want diarra to stay, but he needs more patience. If there is anyone to get him a great carreer its wenger. We have more than adequate other players in CM, but he has been good when he's played. If he continues how he has recently been doing he'll never get anywhere.
ArsenalRob
Let him f|_|ck off. He's been nothing but negative so far. How on earth will he fit right into a new team which is currently on top of the league and two central mid-fielders on the form of their lives? He needs to patient if not let him p!ss off. I don't give a $hit.
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
Less than 2 hours to go! I'm so nervous!
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
give him to the end of the season. if he still hasnt played much and is being negative (which i agree he is) then, ye, let him go.
ArsenalRob
is there any confirmation about are midfield trio ??? !
HENRY`14
I don't think there has been any confirmation about them. I guess we'll know about it when the team news is out.
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
Hleb and Fabregas are back, but Flamini is unlikely to make it..
luckys_10
we have some good cover for Mattuso. Hleb and Faby. So good to see them back. Will they start?
ArsenalRob
united have won at anfield... !!! now nothng less then a win will do win !
HENRY`14
hleb , fab n flam r in the startin line up ....but rvp is on the bench !!??
HENRY`14
Yep we need a win now.
AB_Arsenal
Are we playing just ade upfront?
AB_Arsenal
YES 1-0 Gallas :)
AB_Arsenal
Great way to end the half!!!
HENRY`14
Lets hope we can get a second because we have screwed up 1 goal leads against Chelsea the last couple of games.
AB_Arsenal
you Gunners are so GALLAS ...............! ! !
wishaw bhoy
Bad goalkepping by republic but what the game needed. Second half sure to be better!
will it ever happen
that joke of a captain chelsea have deserved it. the way he lunged into fabregas, deserved a red card right there, and that would have probably saved him from the injury. like they say, what goes around comes around..
luckys_10
I fink this game will be very tight ! If arsnal lose or draw - we stay top with 1 point clear ...but if they win they will be at the top with 1point clear !
mufc-henry
Not liking the way we are playing at the moment, we are being dominated a bit.
AB_Arsenal
Go RVP get us a second!
AB_Arsenal
10 minutes to go....go Arsenal.
AB_Arsenal
Back on top!!!! Take that Cashley :)
AB_Arsenal
CESC IS THE BEST..
luckys_10
The joke of a midfielder called Fabregas who tried to brake Ashley Cole's leg should've received a well deserved black eye. Instead, he received a finger in the face, and acted like he was shot with an Uzi.
k_chelski
the joke of a captain who tried to kill Cesc has now ended up with a broken metarasal. Enjoy your day Kev hahahaahahhahahaha...
luckys_10
YAAAAAAWWWWWEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And we're back on top and liverpool seemingly out of the race!! Let's eliminate 'em one by one...
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
Yup kev, He deserved what he got after trying to break our talisman mid-fielder's face...
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
I'd hardly call tackling someone near the tigh a assasination attempt.But I'd consider when someone tries to cripple someone's leg. Your first win in like, 4 years? Enjoy it.
k_chelski
k_chelski Get stuffed all your mob did was foul foul foul. Cash hungry got what he deserved he should have been sent off earlier. I hope they replay it and Cash hungry gets a red card and misses four games for retaliation.
alwaysgunner
lol Kev, what a goal by GALLAS hahaha, your team was found out today, Drogba had been carrying your ass for weeks now, you're just a one man team..
luckys_10
shut up kevin. You lost - we won, have a nice day.
G4L
As for Joe cole I hope someone lines him up soon a real bloody dirty player.
alwaysgunner
Clichy certainly owned that c|_|nt SWP
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
hahah, Arsenal was outplayed thorought the entire second half, Cech made a one in a hundred games mistake.And we failed to score some easy goals. As for Eboue, well, I hope his ok, I'm not gonna laugh like some other people did when a player brakes his bone,nor will I say that he deserved to have a broken bone.But he should've been sent off when he tackled terry.
k_chelski
All the best Kevin in your fight for third spot with Liverpool. The Russian's empire is crumbling..
luckys_10
We know you wont say it but you'll be thinking he never plays again...
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
I'm just pointing out a bit of hyprocrisy G4L. You won, we lost, congratulations.But hopefully you'll stop calling other team's players, thugs.
k_chelski
No not really, I sincerely hope that Eboue's bones are intact, just because he is a cheater, it doesn't mean he deserves a broken bone.
k_chelski
arsenal outplayed? I want whatever you're smokin' kevin. I think Cech won't play in the next game as his palms are swollen. I saw the net bulge behind him three times although the score remained at 1-0. Cheers though.
G4L
In the second half, yes my friend. In the first half you dominated , but the second half mostly was all chelsea. With some occasional invalidated goals.
k_chelski
In the first half we didn't create much. Agreed. But in the second half, apart from SWP chance there weren't any chances where you'll expect the striker to score. All the shots your team took were expected to be saved by Almunia. We played excellently we'll in the second. Playing on the counter and getting to the other end in seconds. We deserved what we got.
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
shevchenko's header- Showing that shevchenko is no longer a good header. SWP's how-the-*****-did-he-miss chance, Mikel's shot, Shevchenko instead of passing, gave the ball away to your keeper. And a couple of other shots.
k_chelski
I sense a sore loser. I admit that Cech made an error but he damn well made up for it in the last 10 mins.
gunnerkid107
You sense too much. I'm not blaming Cech, every keeper makes mistake, even the world's best. There's no "made up for it", hadn't he made the mistake, chelsea wouldn't have needed to all out, and be vulnerable to counter attack.
k_chelski
Mr T facked you sideways kev, I feel your pain truly I do, but today you were outclassed, without diddums (as you'll have to get used to) you were found out by the Arsenal, wheres poo in the colon?? muttering about crumbling somewhere whilst p1ssing in his smelly blue y fronts no doubt, heres one for you blue looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolllll
nikolaijns
To be honest, I think we missed Essien more than we missed Drogba.
k_chelski
World's best keeper? I think you rate him too highly....his skill clearly comes from his magical foam helmet!
SUX2BU
One thing I know after this game. We wont be relegated. 40 points is generally the cut off point.
themadafrican
Kevin your team only started playing after we scored. before that you were only trying to stop us from playing. and so what if you had some guys out, before the match you said you will beat us, what happened then? we came to the russian's bridge last year without Gallas, Toure, Eboue and Henry and still got a result. we maybe didn't dominate the game as i expected us to before the game, but we were always in control, and could have easily scored a second..
luckys_10
and it doesen't really matter if we play pretty football or dominate the game against the top four sides. we can do all that in the remaining 32 league games and win them, and in the remaining 6 against the top sides, its' the points that matter..
luckys_10
No, in all honesty, it was a tight game. Cesc looked a little out of touch as did the flamster. RVP looked good. I would have played Diarra instead of Bert. So up next , the spuds, lets give Ramos a real London derby
themadafrican
I really hope Fabregas is ok after being so savagely attacked, the way he reacted I feared he might be dead. Luckily the next minute after trying to con the ref that he had been punched, he was fit enough to get up and run about. If I was the manager, I'd fine him a weeks wages and tell him we don't play act in the English leagues. Shocking. Good game and great win though.
The Fear
We started to play in the second half, whenever Chelsea is awful in the first half (conceding or not), we change our style in the second half. I'm not trying to justify the defeat with players injured, I was just pointing out that we missed Essien more than Drogba.And in last season's game, you were in control in the first half, in the second half we dominated the game and again, failed to beat you, with Essien saving our asses at the end.
k_chelski
Ever noticed that Fabregas always starts a brawl, or a near brawl? If he can't take tackles (jt's tackle wasn't even that bad, it hit makelele more than on fabregas) he should just stop playing.
k_chelski
yeah right kev.
G4L
lol Kevin, you are always awful in the first half, because you don't even try to play..
luckys_10
I must have been watching a different game Kevin, we dominated the possession at nearly 60%, had the same amount of shots (12-12), and had the ball in the back of the net 3 times. You lot did not dominate the second half but you did start to come out of your half as you had no other choice. It was spiteful from both sides, 5 yellows apiece and somehow no reds, and A. Cole should not have put his hand there so your criticism of Cesc is unfair.
JakeB
Because Lampard bottles it most of the time in decisive games.Relying on only one player in the midfield for creativity isn't very good.
k_chelski
You must've been, JakeB. Chelsea had twice as much corners as Arsenal, 8 shots on target against 5. Sorry but invalidated goals don't count. Fabregas shouldn't have tried to brake Ashley Cole's leg.Consequently, was touched by Ashley cole's finger, and acted as he took a roundhouse kick.Really unfair, poor Cesc, I hope he's ok.
k_chelski
come on Kevin, SWP came for 20 million, Mikel around 12 million, Lampard 11 million, J.Cole 10 odd million, a midfield worth over 50 million on show today can't be creative and have such a lack of imagination lol..
luckys_10
there were iffy challenges by both sides throughout the game. Cesc did not try to break his leg, you're exaggerating. What actually happened at the end though? Did the ref give out any final cards?
JakeB
Mikel- defensive players. Lampard scores 20+ per season.SWP is english, his real worth is 2 million. J cole had a bad game.With Ballack back (who didn't cost a million) we should get better.
k_chelski
Cesc tried to break* Ashley Cole's leg, no exaggeration added.
k_chelski
yeah yeah Kevin you will definetly get better, and beat all the rest after getting spanked by the top two..
luckys_10
call me biast, but i swear that Gael Clichy is the best LB in the world right now. He never seems to make a mistake
ArsenalRob
Kev, I think Arsenal deserved the win. Chelsea might have had more shots on goal in the 1st half, but they were all straight at Almunia, or saved well by him. It was a scrappy, ill-tempered game, and both sides were equally to blame for that. In the 2nd half, apart from SWPs easy miss, there werent any realy chances on goal for Chelsea, while RVP also missed an easy chance for Arsenal. I'm quite pleased with this performance, not quite at our best in terms of creativity, but still a win. Well done lads !
prits
Spanked? lol, I'm not sure if it's ignorance or arrogance that blinds you, either way. There's still another game.We'll see how that one turns out. Hopefully it will be only about football, without thuggery(from both sides) and without cheating (from fabregas).
k_chelski
and hopefully cheats like Cashley and Terry won't play in that game which would prevent it from getting ruined..
luckys_10
Arsenal did deserve to win, by our own fault. It's not your fault that we didn't score with the chances we got.But it was a very close game.There was no Arsenal spanking chelsea. All I'm saying here is to stop calling other players thugs, since your own players are doing dangerous tackles.That's it, that was my point.
k_chelski
And hopefully ,Fabregas won't act like a little spoiled bitch to spoil yet another game ( 2 now) .
k_chelski
the same way stop calling our players cheats when your players do things that are even worse and who always initiate it..
luckys_10
Fabregas is a cheat and a thug. That's a whole new class, you'll see drogba diviing, but you won't see him kgving a career-ending karate kick on someone's leg from behind. I know drogba cheats, I know essien gives bad tackles. That's why I don't call other team's player's thugs!And cheats! That's my point.
k_chelski
eh eh caaalm down Kev gettin a bit mickey there son, Fabregas has never acted so appaaaaaaallingly as that utter ham Drogba, are you conveniently blocking out memories of his shocking behaviour?, and he has NEVER threatened a players career unlike Essien, so get over yourself and stop swimming in Fat Franks' flab long enough to get some perspective.
nikolaijns
Except if the team calls other people that. This is like when gerrard told torres not to dive because he didn't like it...
k_chelski
Almost ended Ashley Cole's career- Acted as if he took a punch, when instead it was a finger. Acts like a spoiled bitch whenever he is fouled.Fabregas has lost all the respect that I had for him.
k_chelski
well played arsenal ! GALLAS :]
Dann-leeds
I am so fecking happy....!!! especially when i hear the chavs wining about who kicked who etc...I think they need another quality striker or two...lets be fair if the last two bosses at the bridge had 150 mil each, (or however much it was) I think it would be grossly unfair of this bloke not to get it...
radar
Awww kev, we're truly heart borken that Cesc has lost your respect. :p
prits
on this bloke...(soz)..
radar
Sorry but chelski really are the most boring team on the planet. Even under George Graham arsenal's football was far superior to that shower of s***. Grant has taken over & the only thing that has changed is the fact chelski lose more now, which is exactly what Mourinho knew was going to happen & was the reason he wanted out (to protect his own reputation & ego)...........K_chelski, how's that 'world class striker' Pizzaro coming along?? You know, the bloke you kept telling me was going to score for fun in the premier league. From what i've seen of him so far, he's even worse than I thought he was.
Ashburton Gooner
Kind of reminds you of Drogba once upon a time doesn't it ?...tap him on the shoulder and he went down like he had been given both barrells of a twelve-bore !!
radar
Chin up Kevin... you can be proud of yourselves - it was only 1-0! Up with great Gunners!! Bring on those pesky Spudlets!!
Andy-bayor
I hoped it didn't reach that point prits (of breakingg you lot's heart) but cesc was asking for it. Pizzaro was very good against you lot today, he rarely gets any chance to play.
k_chelski
I still don't believe our 'blip' as they like to call it is over. However if we can keep digging out results even when we don't play that well, we should go very close to the title. I think this month will prove decisive.
Ashburton Gooner
Pizzaro doesn't play because he is s***. You'd have been better signing santa cruz.
Ashburton Gooner
I'm not upset because we lost, losing to arsenal is no embarrassment,I'm slighty(lol) annoyed with the way the game played out.
k_chelski
Pizzaro is better than shevchenko and swp...if that hardly says anything.
k_chelski
Sorry AG, gonna have to disagree again. I feel this was an injury blip and it is over for now. Our boys are fired up and hungry, so while I dont want to overdo it here, I think it will be a while till we next play like we did at Boro.
Andy-bayor
yeah...I am upset too...our finishing was a tad sloppy...we should have had 3 more in the last 15 mins...still with Fabby and RVP coming back from recent injuries they were bound to be a bit rusty....
radar
I agree with AG. Today was a bit scrappy and we werent at our creative best, but we still got the win, and thats pleasing. I feel the games against Everton & Portsmouth are also going to be a bit cagey, but I think we can pull off a result in one of those games.
prits
Kev, both teams were to blame for the ill tempered game. The only reason you are annoyed is coz Chelsea lost ;).
prits
I dont understand why Wenger didnt start with RVP, though. We looked a much better side once he came on. I like the 4-4-1-1 formation, but at home ? I prefer the 4-4-2, esp if RVP and Ade are both fit.
prits
Indeed prits, and because Gallas scored the winning goal...
k_chelski
Personally I luv the bad tempered feeling in the games, I hate those chavvy minges and I'm well chuffed my team does too, and AG is bang on - Pizarro is pure cacky ****juice. Shame on you Kev for even attempting to defend his cackiness.
nikolaijns
i'm not saying Pizarro is the re-ncarnation of Di Stefan. Pizzaro is a good team player. It's not like we spent 30 million on him anyway.
k_chelski
30 mill lool thats monkey money, who'd be foolish enough to large that out on a player??
nikolaijns
Can I just apologise today for Eboue for raising his boot 6 inches above the ground and injuring England's finest Euro Championship centre back, haha, what? Did I miss something? Negativity finally gets a negative result! Welcome to the new trend Chesk!
flv
Probably someone who is bored of having so much money.
k_chelski
And did u hear that that pillock interviewing Avi ?..." should that have been a sending off ? "..." I will leave that to the refreree" Avi replied....fecking sporting and thoroughly decent of Avi I thought...
radar
I was at the game and am yet to see the highlights. Was it me or did the ref have a bad game today? Also, what do we think about Eboue? I used to think he could be a real star for us but the more I see him play I can't see him really giving us much - he doesn't do enough going forward or defensively, so what's his value? Don't know why Wenger continues giving him a starting slot.
Gooner_Vin
K_Chelski you have to much damn time on your hands. Youve been on here all afternoon during and since the game calling arsenal players names. Dont you live in Brasil? Isnt it summer there? If I were you i would defiantely be on the beach soaking up the rays and checking out the babes.
gunnerkid107
Actually Gooner_Vin I thought Eboue was having one of his best games in the midfield for Arsenal. He was good in defense and had some great moves and runs. All that was missing is the final product and maybe that will come.
gunnerkid107
I don't care who's right, who's wrong, in those mini-brawls. We got the 3 points. :) Only Theo, Diaby and Eboue are still injured, and I hope Eboue's isn't as serious as it seemed. I missed that part when I was taking picking up a drink, when I saw a player on the stretcher, I'd first feared it's Kolo and my heart almost skipped a beat! Though Eboue's runs caused problems, his final ball was still not there yet. And now with Hleb back, I'm not worried about the RM position. It'd even let Arsene give some chances to Denilson and Diarra in the midfield/bench.
Louisa
I was pretty optimistic before the game, with my only worries about the wing play of J Cole and SWP. But Sagna/Eboue did quite well in containing Cole and Clichy/Rosicky left SWP chasing shadows. I'm just glad our defence looked solid for the most part, including goalkeeping that is. When I was watching the Liverpool-ManU game earlier, I thought ManU's defence was really hard to break down. Today I thought ours wasn't easy to crack, either. I also think we've improved a lot in defending set-pieces, something that made me nervous last year. Long may it continue!
Louisa
I dont want Diarra to ever see the field again if those comments in the news today are true. Unforgivable to quit on your team a few months after you arrive.
gunnerkid107
Gunnerkid, sorry to dissapoint you sugar, but I spent 45 minutes to an hour , after the game, not during the game.Unless I received some prophetic visions?Indeed,I do live in Brazil, it might be somewhere, but since it is a big country, the weather is different in every region, plus I don't live anywhere near a beach, so it's a tad difficult.
k_chelski
I agree with you, kev. Pizzaro is good team player though he's not getting the playing time he should get. I don't blame you if you lost your patience with Sheva. Big time flop this guy is for the blues. It's a shame too, I enjoyed watching him at Milan.
BMF
Btw, kev, we were really scared of Alex! Brrrr! Come on, we beat Man Utd when they had Larsson and he didn't do swat. But if you had Drogba and Essien then yeah, I might look for a hiding place.
BMF
I thought we had the best chance of beating Chelsea when I heard about Drogba's injury while Essien's been suspended. We played well in the first half but I didn't really sense a goal could be scored anytime soon and we had to be patient because of Chelsea's solid defence. But when John Terry went off injured, I just couldn't bear thinking the possibility/embarrassment of not beating Chelsea now that everything's to our advantage. The guy's fighting spirit really paid off. And let's not forget, while our defence was good, our attack and midfield wasn't at our best yet. With a game under the returnees' belt, I'm sure they'll beat Spurs and complete the bounceback in time for 2 tough away games during the Christmas period.
Louisa
Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea. Normallity resumed!
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