Chelsea vs Arsenal Preview (+ Possible Chamakh Signing?)

Greetings from a snow laden New York this fine afternoon. It has been an eventful day in the wonderful world of Arsenal… and today is now surely the biggest game of our season without doubt. With United’s (inevitable) victory against Portsmouth, they are now top of the table and six points ahead of us now (49, 53,55) and it really is a game that will determine if we do have a chance at winning the title or not. If we win, we’re back in it (52,53,55) but if we lose, we are right out of it (49,55,56)… okay, okay, a draw would see us kind of not out of it (50,54,55), but personally, winning the game would see us gain a mental advantage, knowing that we can beat a big team. With United and Chelsea still to play each other and of course, United to travel to City, there could yet be some twists and turns that see us gain more ground…

Ahead of the game, Arsene has been talking about last week’s defeat and how he is to blame for both that defeat and the one against Chelsea earlier this season – he talks about the fact that we wanted it so much, that were tactically indisciplined. Hopefully his comments will have two effects – 1, acknowledgement of where things went wrong – 2, advice to the team to be patient today.

From last week’s game, the players who were singled out as key under-performers were Denilson and Almunia. Starting with the goalkeeping position, Arsene has acknowledged that Almunia didn’t have his best game, but has also said that he will keep faith with the Spanish stopper…

“If you look across Europe you will see that goalkeeping may be the most difficult job because everything is quick. In England it is even harder. The difference is the goalkeeper is always in the negative publicity. If a striker misses two chances and scores two, he is a hero. If a goalkeeper has a fantastic game and makes one mistake, he is a villain. They are under massive pressure because of that fear to make one mistake that they know can kill their team and the game. They know it is maybe the most pressurised job in football. I think he [Almunia] puts a lot of pressure on his shoulders, too much. I believe as well the defender has the same problem,” he said. “When you feel a defender is nervous it spreads as well. If he kicks the ball into the stand instead of clearing it five metres to a midfielder, the midfielder thinks ‘what is happening here’. It spreads through the team.”

Interesting words and risky to say. You’d expect Chelsea to capitalise on  issues and basically bombard the area with crosses and free kicks – even more so now that Arsene has come out and said this.

Looking at the team news ahead of the game, it looks like Bendtner will be on the bench again and the starting line up could be the same as that against United. Personally, I don’t think we can beat Chelsea with that team, especially with little Arshavin up front and marked out of the game by Terry and Alex. Arsene’s probable team is most likely:

Almunia

Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy

Song – Denilson

Rosicky – Cesc – Nasri

Arshavin

Whilst that team does look more suitable for this game then last, I would really want to add more pace and guile to the team and would start Walcott instead – my line up being:

Almunia

Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy

Song – Nasri

Eboue – Cesc – Walcott

Arshavin

Baring in mind that Arsene has already said that he is not going to start with Bendtner and Diaby.

In Eboue, Walcott and Arshavin, we have our three fastest players – and pace down the sides and through the middle is how I think we can beat Chelsea. We saw when Walcott came on, what a massive difference he made. I’d even make a compromise with Arsene and have Walcott – Cesc – Rosicky if we wanted to keep the Czech international in the team…

More team news and game analysis on twitter and through the comments below later today… I’ll leave you with Tommy V’s match thoughts:

“I think we can win there. If we have one of our good days and play as a team we can beat Chelsea. It is important for us to win. There’s a gap again – not as big as before – but we have to win to stay in the race. All the strikers in England are physical. I think Drogba is the most physical but there is more to him than that. He’s one of the best in the world. He is so strong that you have to be careful. If you mark him too tight, he grabs you and he’s gone. You have to adjust to the way he plays. If you are really convinced you can win the header, then you have to go for it. But sometimes he uses his body so well that when you jump, he can turn away and you’ve lost him. You have to be smart. Sometimes, let him control the ball and then mark him really tight.”

So mark him tight or not to mark him tight, I am confused Tommy! But ultimately the sentiment is that he thinks we can win the game and that’s the spirit we need from the team and especially a defender!!

Finally, our long term transfer target of Maroune Chamakh has been in the press talking about his desire to come to Arsenal. I really do hope we sign him – we’ve seen this season how we are short of a striker – I don’t know what’s going on – we really should have signed him on a pre-contract by now right? After all, it’s February. The player had this to say:

“My choice is to join Premier League and if I could choose, I will go to Arsenal.

“Bordeaux has brought me so much. I will soon clearly state things so the club can prepare to find my replacement peacefully.Laurent Blanc has brought us a winning state of mind, he has taught us how to hate defeat. Both on mental and physical levels, I am at my best. Three years ago, I was still a little crazy. Now I can manage my efforts, which allows me to be more clear-sighted at the end of the match. I have improved, but I can still improve. I am not only happy to play anymore. I have become someone who wants to win. I am more a scorer, but not enough yet. There are too many situations where I still do a pass for a player in a better position.”

Arsene did say he tried to sign a player in the transfer window – unsucessfully – other than Smalling, and my hunch is that is was Chamakh…

Anyway, big game today, so let’s get behind the team! Come on you Gooners!\\\\

  • yemi

    Nice post dev. a quickie, i think the player arsene tried to sign unsuccessfully in the transfer window was thomas sorensen, stoke keeper and not chamakh. I hope we come away with 3pnts frm the bridge as underdogs

  • Will Scott

    Walcott and Diaby back in the starting XI for Rosicky and Denilson.

    Good to have Diaby back, as we’re going to need his physical presence in the middle of the park.

  • Will Scott

    1-0 to Chelsea after 7 minutes.

    Clichy to blame, should’ve been on post but went wandering.

  • Sam

    Not good enough. We may get caught going forward again.

  • richiebacardi

    Deja vous?

  • Sam

    We’re easier to beat than B’Ham! Too naïve.

  • richiebacardi

    I have a good feeling somehow about this game…still…..

  • Sam

    We’re easier to beat than Hull.

    Shall we start “concentrating” on CL??!!

  • richiebacardi

    Not at all. One match at a time. We’ve got another 45 minutes to go. The boys need to concentrate on that first.

    Oh how I wish I wasn’t feeling like this. However I still have a different feeling to the feeling I had for the Manure match!

    Fingers crossed eh!!

  • Zinzi fabregas

    take off Walcott and put bendtner on. End of story.

  • Sam

    I love your enthusiasm, I’m more realistic. I’ll be surprised if we don’t concede early in 2H.

  • mesol

    What next? Wenger said we dont need a striker..see what chelsea have? we losing now just bcoz one good striker…

  • mesol

    Same old Arsenal..we losing in counter attack..does wenger learn from last MU match?Is that a good manager? Just good in not buy a player

  • Sam

    The difference has been all over the pitch, most visible in GK.

  • Sam

    Almunia just watching the game!

  • mesol

    Arsenal team is good for future..maybe in 2050..Future is important..Bendtner and denilson will be world class player..lalalala

  • mesol

    Just like his manager..with no good tactical..does wenger as a tactic? he just know how to play a good football..1,2..1,2..dont strike the ball…just passing guys…GOOD!

  • mesol

    Bendtner is good in running and jumping to nowhere…lalala

  • Sam

    OK, time to start fighting for 4th place!!!

  • Mehedi

    why are you singing Mesol?

    We just lost, you should be hurt.

  • Sam

    @ Mesol – please stop acting like an Arsenal enemy. We’re all feeling down. If u can’t say something nice, shut up!
    You sound exactly like Spurs fans. We were naïve, we didn’t learn. We don’t have new players. OK, we get it.

  • mesol

    Whats next wenger..oo..sell player..loan out player..”our team dont need a new player..I have many good school boy player”..Good for future..Our aim is for future…today is not important..

  • Mehedi

    well, we were 11 points behind

  • Mehedi

    and our ending epl feature is not bad.

  • richiebacardi

    Why are you even replying to whoever that person is…they’re obviously a troll, lacking attention…ignore it and it will go away.

    Well my next challenge is to brace myself for tha abuse and banter i’ll be getting at work tomorrow!

    Ah well!

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Well, that was a load of shit again. We jut can’t handle Drogba.

  • Mehedi

    just pray to god that we don’t get bitten by loserpool

  • mesol

    Yes, just keep wenger here for another 20 years, maybe..lalala..my heart was broken since last season..nothin can heel me…I just dont like wenger!

  • Sam

    When we last met L’pool, they were having a horrible run and we were on a good one. The tables have turned this time, may God have mercy on all things Arsenal.
    BTW, we’ve scored a single goal in last 3 games. Need a major pick up quickly.

  • mesol

    Hello Guys..if we lose against Liverpool..its ok, Wenger is set his aim to future..please support him..”In Wenger We Trust”..lalalala

  • Mehedi

    It seems like you are happy Mesol.

  • mesol

    Yes,, happy to make the stubborn old man accept his mistakes!

  • Mehedi

    I thought it would be Campbell would start and Vermaelen replacing Clisy

  • mesol

    In last game he said, we poor in defending and attacking..so in today game, what?..Dont blame the player, it was you who POOR!

  • Mehedi

    Wenger have some big thinking to do.

    If he rests player in EPL and go for the CL

    Then we will have to fight for fourth again.

    Wenger have some thinking to do.

  • goonerman

    when we lost to man united i thought to myself it will be ok if we beat chelsea but obviously that did not happen and this has to be the worse to weeks of the season so far! but i suppose lets stay positive and although we look to be out of the title race lets look at some of the games coming up compared to man u and cheslea and of course we have to watch our backs now becuase the people behind are not far away from us!!

    ARSENAL——–MAN U———CHELSEA

    liverpool——villa———everton
    sunderland—-everton——–wolves
    stoke———west ham——man city
    burnley——-wolves———pompey
    hull———-fulham———west ham
    west ham——liverpool——blackburn
    birmingham—-bolton———-villa
    wolves——–chelsea——–man u

    i know we are 9 points behind and i know its very unlikely we will winn al of those games but chelsea and man u have 4 tough games each in that period and you never know what could happpen! we sholuld PRAYYY for a miracle lol!

  • yemi

    Do we need a striker with presence? Hell yeah! We were brushed off every ball.

  • bayo

    Drogba has scored us since he came to the premier league and he has not scored one league goal against man united.WENGER NEEDS TO THINK.We lost against CHELSEA AND UNITED BoTH HOME AND AWAY,WENGER NEEDS TO THINK.Arsenal is the onlt team in the world that would fail for five years and the coach remains,AM not saying he should leave but ARSENE is too COMFORTABLE.we v not had a stable defence since almost six years now and since Henry left we v not had a decent replacement,since Viera and Gilberto left we v not had a world class defensive midfielder.Time to sit down and think clearly.ARSENE IS GOOD BUT HE IS NOT GOD.HE can STAY IF HE IS READY TO CHANGE.

  • vj

    jesus christ guys i though wed win that one at least

  • bayo

    ANOTHER SEASON BITES THE DUST.MAYBE Mr ARSHavin WE NEED TO BUY PLAYERS NEED TO DO HIS JOB THAN FEELING HE IS THE BEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO ARSENAL.if DENILSON WAS THAT GOOD WHY DIDNT HE START AHEAD OF HALF FIT DAIBY.THE VERDICT IS THAT YOU DONT NEED A TEAM TOP LAY TO WIN ALL THE TIME YOU NEED TO GET GOOD PLAYERS IN EVERY AREA THAT CAN DO THE JOB.ROONEY AND DROGBA SHOWED THAT.

  • bayo

    I believe we should v played for a draw cus we would v been six points behind and we would definately get that back.Every team knows we would attack maybe at times we should sit back let them come and attack with the spaces they create cus every team play to counter us or rely on set piece to score us,they all know we are the best in open play

  • Mehedi

    Imagine what would happen if we got someone stronger in CL

    Thank god we got Porto

  • JDD

    it’s easy for people to start blaming wenger and saying he should be sacked but the day he goes arsenal wont be the same.really he hasnt done anything wrong.in the summer he signed a centre-half cos we needed one.the squad looked strong.everthing looking alright then rvp gets injured everyone saying he should get a striker but we got edaurdo and bendtner returing it’s not his fault they’ve been crap.he tried to sign a goaly but it didnt happen he tried what more could he have done.today we dominated we were the better team and we lost sometimes that happens.i think wenger will buy in the summer chamakh looks like hes on the way and maybe we dont need to sign a goaly szensny is class i think he should be back now and play agenst liverpool.i’m angry we lost but i still believe remeber we were 11 behind at one stage.

  • Pissed off

    JDD tell this to a blind man. I don’t even know what to say about him. Am just tired of Wenger’s preaching and blabbing.

    Its almost impossible to win anything from this position we find ourselves, but like they say, never say never until the final whistle.

  • Pissed off

    Loose,win or draw, trophy or no trophy; gooner till I die (LOL – am sure the grave is not far from here)

  • yemi

    @goonerman: we got 4 tough matches too in that same period, we got livepool, stoke, sunderland and birmingham! it is not uhuru! hull could play a draw against chelsea, we couldn’t. lets face facts, this team ain’t gonna win anything except by divine intervention

  • goonerman

    yes i agree we have a few tough games in that time but liverpool,stoke,sunderland and birmingham are different to everton,villa,man city and they play eachother! i know what you mean its only gonna happen if all of a sudden every arsenal player turns into some kind of footballing monster lol but i wana give everyone hope! and people shouldnt dismiss the champions leauge allready becuase that could be our only hope of something we should support it untill we win or get knocked out ! maybe our LUCK this year will be avoiding all english teams in the champions league lol !

  • Nick

    Keep the faith guys. Everyone has to fall once in a while, we just have to pick ourselves back up and go on. This was out toughest stretch of games in the season and no other team in the EPL has a stretch like this. I believe we can turn the Emirates into a fortress Wed and take 3 points from Liverpool. Everyone will agree that we need a striker or one to step up. Since we can’t get one now we truly need Eduardo and Bendtner to man up and put the ball in the back of the net. Almunia is rubbish. But the back line isn’t helping him at all. Song… where were you marking Drogba on that first goal????

    I truly hope Wenger will break his “rules” and let his ego down a bit this summer because it’s very obvious to all of us the areas we need to improve our squad at.

    Win, Lose or Draw… Gunner for life!

  • Mehedi

    Once, twice, trice; how many times do we have to fall man?

    Wenger has to do something immidiately

  • mesol

    Wenger said in conference, “We had mountains of possession and couldn’t transform it into goals.”..why is that?is it thats why we need a new striker?

    He also said, “They are more experienced They are 29, we are 23.”…So why did you still buy youth player?

    Wenger is always telling lies..he always dont admit his fault.

  • graham

    Wenger is doomed at Arsenal – When you lose the support of the fans its just a matter of time. The problem with Wenger is that he has read too much of his own press. Yes Arsenal play lovely flowing football even though its only effective against the lesser teams but the problem is he thinks that is enough. His style of football has’nt changed since he came here whereas the rest of the league has changed around him. Teams know they can out muscle and bully what is in effect a physically weak team. Wenger has no plan B and very little variation in the type of player he can use – Fabregas is very similar to Rosicky who is very similar to Nasri who is himself very similar to Arshavin. If one of these players is struggling then it is reasonable to say bringing another on will bear the same results. Wenger has got to stop moaning at the press when things do not go his own way and he has to stop insulting the opposition instead he should look at himself and his team and come to the conclusion that we all came to years ago that Arsenal at the moment are simply not good enough and he is going to have to spend money to improve it by asking the board and by selling the deadwood like Walcott and Denilson and bring in some world class players like De Rossi and Dzeko. If he fails to make any impact during the transfer window he will be gone because the fans make the club – they bring in the money and provide the support not even Hill Wood and his cronies can deny that.

  • dampatti

    Mourinho is a great coach—that’s what he is.

    Wenger is a great manager.

    The game last night showed 2 things to me:

    - We can compete with all teams despite people’s claims. Just like the next trophy, the next win against those teams is the biggest hurdle which the players have to surpass. I know we didn’t win but just think if our players made the chances count, we clearly had many more chances to score.

    - You want criticism about Wenger? I’ll give you this: I realm think Clichy is not ready. The way he defended (or lack of) Park’s and last night second goal was so bad. I know Traore is maybe too raw to be thrown into big games but I feel Clichy is playing with no confidence whatsoever. Almunia too should be rested. The way he stopped and stood still with that expression on his face at drogba’s free kick was telling enough. If Wenger was prepared to drop Lehman after 2 bad mistakes then I think it’s time to do the same to Almunia. The young goalie(s) maybe too raw now but they at least will play with more confidence.

    The loss was a big blow but what I can do now is looking forward to the next game.

    And who can say this team won’t win another title? Anything CAN still happen and CL is 7 games away to be won.

    I just wish the players come to read the comments in the site and know that a big part of supporters always believe in them no matter what.

  • dampatti

    i saw lots of positives in the match. obviously the final score wasnt great, but its obvious that walcott is improving since coming back from injury. his tracking back and defensive plays were excellent. diaby looked assured and will soon be back on form. clichy had a much better match than last time. we had the majority of possession mostly in their half.

    i am sure that critic will be pulling his hair out but hes probably a spud anyway. liverpool at home next week will bring more improvements and maybe even some points. its true that we are missing rvp, and that he will probably get fit just in time to get injured in south africa, but the season is far from over. we have the spuds away and city at home to worry about, but apart from those, the rest of the epl season looks fairly tidy.

    we are back in europe in 10 days and that is another front we can attack.

    chin up all you d&gers, it might never happen.

  • dampatti

    The problem with this analysis is that there is no evidence for it apart from that based on opinion rather than fact. In the match against Man U at the Ems Wenger changed the whole format and arrangement of the team in a way none of us had ever seen before. I don’t know if it was mentioned on TV, but sitting at the match behind the goal Arsenal attacked in the second half, we found ourselves watching a totally new experimental format.

    If you have been watching Arsenal from the start of this season (let alone for the rest of the century) you will see how Wenger has come up with all sorts of experimental strategies.

    Yet somehow these are air-brushed out of history, and instead we have statements about “Lightweight Denilson” and how Wenger’s insistence on playing him reveals his intransigence. (I know this was not mentioned in the email above, I am trying to widen the point here).

    I don’t see anything in the current set-up to suggest that Wenger is less liable to change than any other manager – in fact the absolute reverse is true. But because this statement is made over and over again on the anti-Wengerian blogs and in the press, it is believed.

    It is the same old problem – say it enough and everyone takes it to be axiomatic, even when the facts and stats don’t show this to be so.

  • Lewis

    If everyone who read this was put in a room and asked to raise a hand if they believed that Arsenal could still win the league I doubt there would be many hands in the air.

    Mine would be. Just. Because it maybe hard to believe but I honestly feel that we can still do it.

    Yes it will be hard, extremely hard. Yes, it may seem impossible, extremely impossible but it isn’t over until the fat lady sings and although I’m sure I can hear Susan Boyle on the radio I prefer to say she is big boned.

    Of course we will have to do it the hard way. We have to rely on Chelsea and Manchester United dropping points (and they will) but after the Liverpool game we have a run-in that doesn’t strike the fear of God into me.

    Chelsea and United have a far tougher ending to this campaign and as long as we keep on winning our games then we have a chance.

    Today’s performance from the boys was in stark contrast from the United game, albeit both ended in defeat. The effort and demeanour cannot be faulted. In fact I only felt that we lost the game because of the usual mistakes we have failed to learn from; sloppy defending.

    Against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United you cannot get away with these mistakes. Luckily for us we don’t have to play either again (in the Premiership) this campaign.

    Other than the mistakes for the goals I don’t think we did a lot wrong today. We played well and as long we keep playing like that then we will have a very good end to the season. In my opinion Drogba was the difference, pouncing on our indifferences.

    Had Drogba been wearing a red and white shirt today I’ve no doubt we would have won. Yes Wenger should have rectified that we needed a striker in the transfer market but at the end of the day he didn’t and it may cost us. It may not.

    The run of games against Aston Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool was a real test to our title ambitions, so far we have come up short. However, victory for us against Liverpool and if results go our way on Wednesday it could put things in a more positive light for us.

    Manchester United go to Aston Villa and Chelsea travel to Everton. Do you think those games are certain wins for either of our title rivals? You may say we look far from certain to beat Liverpool at the moment but this is my point; we have to do it the hard way.

    We had it in our own hands before this testing run of games. As I’ve said, we come up short and appear to have fucked ourselves. We have to rely on others slipping up, not ideal I know, but we are not out of it yet.

    Of course I’m gutted that we have lost again and I’m sure the media and many others (including some Gooners) will cum in their pants at the thought of Arsenal blowing their own load a bit early (again) in the season but we have to still believe we can do it. Even if that seems a little mental.

    Even if there is just a little smidgen of belief hold on to it because strange things can happen in football. I believe we can still win the league this season. I just hope some others do to.

  • stumbleduponhere

    I see the fickle nature of football supporters has reared its ugly head again. Arsenal fans calling for Wenger to be sacked after two poor results? Incredible. Yes he deserves the criticism, as does Benitez at times, but why calls for him to be sacked? If you look at it a little more closely, the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal cannot compete with the likes of United, Chelsea or Man City. You could even through Tottenham in there. They spend hundreds of millions on players. Net. Arsenal and Liverpool don’t, we don’t have the resources, but to remain competitive in footballing terms, on the pitch, is a massive achievement for me. Look at how much Arsenal spend on players. Not a lot is it? They don’t buy players in their prime because I don’t think they want to risk the stability of the club. They may have the money but chose not to spend it as the club is more important than any ¿30-¿30m signing. Because of this, the players they do buy need to be developed. Look at the likes of Song and Diaby now. Fantastic players who have been developed by Wenger. How much would they go for now? This is the stance Arsenal as a club have chosen to take, they believe in it and they stand by it. The result is a very stable club. The amazing thing is, Wenger has managed to keep them competitive and they do play the best football in the country. Liverpool are similar, Benitez has averaged a net spend of ¿16m a season and kept us competitive on the pitch. A fantastic achievement. Arsenal and Liverpool are similar in that respect, and its down the management of the sides. The real under achievers are the likes of Man City and Spurs who throw money at their sides and still achieve nothing. Liverpool and Arsenal fans should count themselves lucky that both club have fantastic managers in place, because I warn you now, if they were to be sacked the fans of both clubs would end up with regret.

  • Yemi

    @dampatti: Clichy seemed to improve cos he wasn’t against any fast and tricky player like ashley young/ nani in the two maches leading up to chelsea match.
    I say once again like i have been saying since Adebayor left.
    1.) We need a striker with presence,
    2.) we need a CB to backup verm and gallas.
    3.) We need a DM as a backup to song
    4.) We have toooooo many attacking midfielders/ CF’s with no impact on the team. They should go on loan or back to reserves.
    B52, Theo, Denilson, Traore (LB), and a host of many other young un’s.
    Personally, i think Jay simpson will be more effective than B52

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Do you think it is our 4-3-3 formation that is the problem? I seriously think it may contribute to the lack of defending. maybe AW should play a 4-4-2 (diamond) or 4-4-1-1. especially against the big teams that are more threatening up top.

    ———— Almunia ————–
    Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy
    ————- Song —————-
    Walcott —————— Arshavin
    ———— Fabregas ————-
    —— Bendtner – Eduardo ———

    What do you guys think?

  • goonerman

    i do agree with you gooner get ya i think we concede more goals with the 4-3-3 formation and we obviously score more but i would rather see us score less but conced less which means your more likely to win games! but you team is way to attacking but the chelsea formation could be a pretty good one! id say a few different players and the formation would be effective

    ———— Almunia ————–
    Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy
    ————- Song —————-
    Walcott/eboue ——— diaby
    —–——— Fabregas ————-
    —— Bendtner – Arshavin ———

  • bayo

    wen u play our present formation u must v a standing four and ur full backs and ur central defenders must not overlap too much but ours is the reverse case.our present formation gives alot of space to opponents in the midfield and makes u susceptible to counter attacks barca also is susceptible.

  • yemi

    formations are just numbers, chelsea left their diamond played a 4-3-3 formation against us,anelka, drogba, malouda upfront, ballack,mikel, lampard in midfield and cole, j.t, carvalho, ivanovic in defence. but they played it defensive style more like 4-5-1 (player discipline) did u see mikel anywhere upfront? we commit too many players upfront u hv to change formation based on the team.

  • yemi

    just my tought bayo wn i talked about mikel. too many all our players including cb are too attack minded with noone covering

  • bayo

    AT YEMI I think we can play 451 formation against team like chelsea and man u especially away wen one point would do.In the champions league this is what we do before.Wenger needs to understand that we need not to attack at all times always going forward.I BELIEVE we should v played for a draw agaist chelsea by sitting back and counter attacking,its simple if u dont come out to play I wont come out,The pressure was even on chelsea so we should v sat back and if they dont get a goal in 60 mins they try harder and more spaces for us to attack .6 POINTS behind wld v still done it.I think we should get a physical striker CHAMACK and play five across some times as that gives us ability to cope with our weakness(TIMIDITY) and we would v been able to attack cus our players can pick a pass from HEAVEN(rosicky,arshavin,fabregas,nasri,van persie etc…..

  • Gooner Get Ya

    The goals we have conceded from counters have all been straight down the middle of the pitch. Song was caught out for Chelsea’s second just outside the left corner of their box when he should be marshalling the middle of the pitch to stop the problem at the source. This IMO is due to our current formation and AW needs to start applying different tactics for different teams. It us very well going 4-3-3 against The lesser teams in the league as they are not as good both attacking or defending but to use that formation against better sides is as we have seen, pure suicide.

  • Yemi

    @Gooner Get Ya: I don’t agree with you, the goals we conceded were mainly thru the left wing before middle, then right