Match Preview: Chelsea vs Arsenal

Chelsea v Arsenal
Barclays Premier League, Stamford Bridge
Sunday, November 30, 2008, 16:00
 
For the game tomorrow, we’ll have Adebayor, Nasri and Sagna back and that really does change the dimension of our team. With Ade and Van Persie up front and Vela as a super sub, suddenly the front line looks much stronger. With the addition of Nasri, there won’t be any need to rely on both Song and Ramsey, and with Sagna back, Djourou can revert to a more central position if required. The line up should be:
 
Almunia
Goalkeeper
 
Sagna
Right Back
Gallas
Centre Back
Silvestre
Centre Back
Clichy
Left Back
 
Nasri
Right Wing
Denilson
Midfielder
Cesc
Midfielder
Ramsey
Left Wing
 
  Adebayor
Striker
 Van Persie
Support Striker

Of course, if Arsene really feels attacking, he may start with Vela on the left wing instead.

Anyway, I’ll bit back tomorrow with more about the game, in the meanwhile I’ll leave you with those thoughts.

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  • Pissed off

    Guys come on why ar u all scared of blogging. Were is ur faith mates. Just belief we can.

  • debs

    lol Pissed off! I guess there’s really not much to say right now, well except goodluck to the boys. We know they put up a big fight against the bigger teams. Hope we don’t concede late goals like last season. At least Drogba ain’t playing so that’s a start :) I do think we can win and keep our faint title hopes alive. I dont see us ending outside the top 4 this season. Villa have had 2 opportunities to show they are capable of holding their nerve but they havent delivered. I’ve no worries of us ending 5th, or even 6th, but we need to win 2moro. Cesc will be hoping to win his first premiership game as captain and i hope the lads feel the same too. our defence, hopefully, will be solid with the return of Sagna. Gallas will definitely not want Chelsea to get better of our defence as he still wants to prove himself against his former employers. I just hope he doesn’t become overzealous cos that can be disastrous. Hopefully everyone should be on top of their game 2moro- Ade should be firin on all cylinders as he’s not played in a bit (if he’s not too rusty, that is)! Guess we’ll just have to see what team turns up 2moro! Fingers crossed!

  • debs

    lol Pissed off! I guess there’s really not much to say right now, well except goodluck to the boys. We know they put up a big fight against the bigger teams. Hope we don’t concede late goals like last season. At least Drogba ain’t playing so that’s a start :) I do think we can win and keep our faint title hopes alive. I dont see us ending outside the top 4 this season. Villa have had 2 opportunities to show they are capable of holding their nerve but they havent delivered. I’ve no worries of us ending 5th, or even 6th, but we need to win 2moro. Cesc will be hoping to win his first premiership game as captain and i hope the lads feel the same too. our defence, hopefully, will be solid with the return of Sagna. Gallas will definitely not want Chelsea to get better of our defence as he still wants to prove himself against his former employers. I just hope he doesn’t become overzealous cos that can be disastrous. Hopefully everyone should be on top of their game 2moro- Ade should be firin on all cylinders as he’s not played in a bit (if he’s not too rusty, that is)! Guess we’ll just have to see what team turns up 2moro! Fingers crossed!

  • debs

    my comment is being moderated! I guess that’s why no one’s blogging!

  • debs

    lol Pissed off! I guess there’s really not much to say right now, well except goodluck to the boys. We know they put up a big fight against the bigger teams. Hope we don’t concede late goals like last season. At least Drogba ain’t playing so that’s a start :) I do think we can win and keep our faint title hopes alive. I dont see us ending outside the top 4 this season. Villa have had 2 opportunities to show they are capable of holding their nerve but they havent delivered. I’ve no worries of us ending 5th, or even 6th, but we need to win 2moro. Cesc will be hoping to win his first premiership game as captain and i hope the lads feel the same too. our defence, hopefully, will be solid with the return of Sagna.

  • debs

    Gallas will definitely not want Chelsea to get better of our defence as he still wants to prove himself against his former employers. I just hope he doesn’t become overzealous cos that can be disastrous. Hopefully everyone should be on top of their game 2moro- Ade should be firin on all cylinders as he’s not played in a bit (if he’s not too rusty, that is)! Guess we’ll just have to see what team turns up 2moro! Fingers crossed!

  • debs

    lol Pissed off! I guess there’s really not much to say right now, well except goodluck to the boys. We know they put up a big fight against the bigger teams. Hope we don’t concede late goals like last season. At least Drogba ain’t playing so that’s a start :) I do think we can win and keep our faint title hopes alive. I dont see us ending outside the top 4 this season.

  • debs

    really fed up of this moderation thing. Is it that when you type up more than a certain number of words you get moderated?

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[debs i think it is - if u type more than a certain no. of words it gets moderated. its probably for people (me included) who like to write short stories. lol

    i'm thinking maybe djourou next to gallas would be better. if he's improved and if the atmosphere doesnt affect him.
    we still have a problem in midfield. no natural left/right winger other than nasri.
    i have a feeling wenger's gona go with a 4-5-1. with cesc song denilson in the center and nasri and vanpersie out wide. ade up front.
    just hope something works.
    dont have a good feeling]]>

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[theyr without drogba, di santo, essien, beletti, and carvalho. possibly joe cole injured too.
    they have cech, cudicini, bosingwa, terry, alex, ivanovic, a cole, bridge, ferreira, mikel, deco, lampard, ballack, sinclair, malouda, kalou, anelka available.

    i'v been trying to figure out who they'll play in midfield and it could be any combo. and on paper it definitely looks stronger than anything we have avaiable.

    maybe we should play nasri on the right and ramsey on the left as dev says. maybe we shud play song in front of our two CBs and cesc and ramsey/denilson in MF.

    anyway. just really looking forward. excited. and hoping.]]>

  • http://www.traditionalirishgifts.com/ Irish

    < ![CDATA[I think Joe Coles meant to be available so its looking like he'll play. I have a bit of a bad feeling about this one, mind you a mate who's a Chelsea fan said the same thing.

    I just hope its the team that beat the mancs that turns up. If so I can see it being end to end stuff!]]>

  • Debs

    Goodluck to the boys! We know they put up a big fight against the bigger teams. Hope we don’t concede late goals like last season. At least Drogba ain’t playing so that’s a start :) I do think we can win and keep our faint title hopes alive.

  • AJ

    I would love to see vela starting, my only concern is nasri leaving sagna open to boswingwa’s pace.

  • http://kierandelaney.net/blog kierandelaney.net/blog

    < ![CDATA[Brilliant, just brilliant. For the first time in ages we looked like we had a solid defence. Sagna back, Clichy on top form and Gallas looking like he was enjoying football. Brilliant game today, not as vintage as the United match, and Chelsea looked poor but I thought a lot of that was down to our midfield. Denilson is clearly no wide player and it showed as we had little joy down the right, but nasri back made a difference. Adebayor looked unfit - but his contribution to both goals can't be denied.

    A nice step forwards. We've outclassed the best two teams in the league - I can see exactly why Wenger wants to buy nobody at the moment we've already got an excellent team, even with a few injuries still to come back.

    We really just need to work on this consistency thing.]]>

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[yeah, consistency's the dog that's been on our tail all season! Hope we can get it off our back asap! I guess we repaid Chelscum for last season, but yeah, well played, Van Persie! Against man u, it was Nasri, now Van Persie. We've definitely got the squad, no doubt.

    Looking forward to Burnley on tuesday by the way!]]>

  • Pissed off

    Yeh Kieren and Deb; Consistency is the key. Song decided to raise his game in the past 2 matches and that has worked for us. If we can support ourselfs just a little bit we will get there, defensive midfilder still needed though.

  • Debs

    oh yeah, well done to Djourou for not keeping his head down after the own goal. He made some important blocks and challenges for us later on. Well played!

  • Fabrez!

    What a game! Absolute quality in the 2nd half! I think we still need a class CDM but for now we need 2 b consistent as u guys have been saying. Consistency along with 2 signings in Jan will be gr8! Def can’t w8 till Tuesday! XD