The big one is here. We go to the favourites for the league, away from home with it all to prove.
Chelsea have it all. Power, speed, technique, finesse, brutality combined with a system… there’s nothing their side don’t have within their ranks.
Arsenal go there with more than they did last year. We have mobility and pace up front. The lack of those ingredients last season allowed Chelsea to press us much higher up the pitch than they’ll be able to this year. So at the very least, our front three which will likely be WELBZ, Sanchez and Chambo, will ask questions of the Chelsea backline.
Trouble is, Chelsea have more than they did last year. Namely, they have a certain Cesc Fabregas who defies the laws of Premiership football because he possesses very little power or speed… all his speed is in the mind and we know all too well what he can do to a team. They also have a the beast that is Diego Costa. He’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but his determination, power and finish mark him out as Drogba MK11. I have my worries about his impact today. City had a Vincent Kompany to dominate him, we don’t really have a player like that.
Chelsea will likely look to exploit our marauding full backs like they did to great effect last time we played them. They’ll give us all the possession, like they always do… so don’t crow post game if we lose that we owned the possession stat, because Mourinho gives that to us before the game. It’ll all be about the break for them. Let us make the mistake in midfield, two passes, 3 seconds later, they’ll be in on goal.
What’s Wenger going to do to prevent that today? Well, for starters, we’ll have the speed up front, so getting the ball out of our half will be a lot quicker than usual. Will Wenger play the normal style? Or does he have a way of nullifying the way Chelsea play? Will there be a plan to exploit John Terry’s lack of pace combined with Azpilicueta lust to bomb forward? Will Wenger go toe-to-toe with Cesc by playing Ozil in the hole he likes to own? Will Wenger try and stop Cesc playing with a special plan? Who is taking care of Hazard? Will Arsenal turn it on?
Many questions will be answered today. The main one being… ‘has Wenger considered what’s going wrong the last 5 times we’ve played Chelsea?’
Just give us something different Arsene. Show us you’ve thought about it. Show us you can adapt like Mourinho has done his whole career. Give Arsenal fans something exciting that demonstrates some sort of ‘thought revolution’. Because if you don’t, the likelihood of us causing an upset are very low…
Regardless of how I think the result is going to go today… I’m excited. What you have on paper doesn’t always translate. Chelsea are massive favourites out there, but this is the Premier League, we have great players too and anything can happen!
HAVE A GREAT DAY, MINE IS ALREADY GREAT BECAUSE I WOKE UP TO GO TO WORK THIS MORNING, WHAT A FOOL.
COME ON ARSENAL!