The latter makes me smile somewhat, it wouldn’t several days ago mind you, but from the evidence of last Sunday, we don’t have much of an attack right now, do we?
I thought I would reflect back on this same fixture from last season, well, more like the result, the one that put a huge grin on many a Gooner’s face. We went to Stamford Bridge with every football pundit and fan bar ours, not giving Arsenal a hope in hell of getting a draw, let alone a win, but we shoved it right back in their faces and came away with three points and a whole lot of dignity.
They didn’t even score against us that day either, Djourou scored for them and Robin finished them off with two quick and very stylish goals. 2-1 to us, three points in the bank….
That’s just what we need on Sunday too!!
This is how the two squads lined up that day – 30th November 2008
Chelsea – Cech; Bosingwa; Ivanovic, Terry, Ashley Cole; Mikel; Ballack, Deco, Lampard; Kalou, Anelka.
Subs: Hilario, Malouda, Bridge, Ferreira, Mineiro, Alex, Stoch.
Arsenal – Almunia; Sagna, Gallas, Djourou, Clichy; Denilson, Fabregas, Song Billong, Nasri; Adebayor, Van Persie.
Subs: Fabianski, Vela, Ramsey, Silvestre, Wilshere, Bendtner, Gibbs.
The big player missing for Chelsea that day was Drogba, but otherwise their squad is very similar this season. Of course Bridge isn’t part of their team anymore – good job as well after a certain John ’Thomas’ Terry antics have been aired – I digress! He is supposed to be meeting up with the FA and Fabio before the weekend, so let’s hope the pressure on him rises and he needs to go on gardening leave, wouldn’t it be great if he misses the game….
Funny enough, our squad is very similar to last season too – except we have lost Robin, Djourou, Vela and Gibbs through injury, Wilshere on loan and some big lump for £25M.. !
But my worry is who will play the role that Robin played last season in this game, will Bendtner start, will Theo play through the middle or will Arsene stick with who played against the Mancs – I hope the latter is not the case as I can’t see us getting much joy again!
Saying that though, had the first two opportunities against the Mancs been converted who knows what would have happened, my guess is we would have won. But as we all know, if ifs and buts were pots and pans…….
I am not a fan of Nikki but maybe it’s time to play him alongside Arshavin and see what happens, the little and large combination could just be the solution. Nikki isn’t a clinical finisher, but on his day Arshavin is – Nikki can use his height, knock the ball down into the path of the little man and let him finish in the way we all know he can… Purrrrrrrr
Even back then, despite Djourou scoring the goal for the Chavs, back then the pundits blamed Almunia – I guess some things never change, do they?
So I am hoping for change, maybe we will see this side turn out and bring home all the points…
Sagna TV Gallas Clichy
Cesc Song Diaby
Rosicky Nikki Arshavin
Bench – Walcott, Sol, Traore, Almunia, Nasri, Eastmond, Ramsey
Vela and Eduardo are definitely out, so if need be, we can throw Diaby up top to play striker if changes are needed
Also, if anyone wonders why I leave Denilson out – well, in this fixture last year, 92 minutes into the game and –
‘Bendtner robs Bosingwa and plays it inside the defence for Denilson, running through on goal. It’s a glorious chance, but an excitable first touch is too heavy and Cech is out like a shot to smother the, er, shot’ –
That’s the reason why, along with many others 😉
Tomas Rosicky has said again that he is a very happy man having signed his new contract so now he is fit and happy, let’s just hope his play gets better and better – he is a quality player and maybe he will be the one who has a big part to play in what we win or don’t this season. Just pray he stays fit!
Finally, and stealing updates from Young Guns – we are yet to make a decision on the two players currently on trial, Galindo and Savic – we will have to ‘watch this space’ on that…
I am sure Avenell Road will sneak a ‘get us up and ready’ post on Sunday..
Have a nice day you all – thanks for that Stan….