It’s Arsenal vs Chelsea in a game for…

Today is one of those days that girls love. Well, let me rephrase that. Has a girl or group of girls ever said “ooh, I can’t wait, it’s a Hollyoaks omnibus, then I’ve got Gossip Girl, and then after that it’s Bridesmaids..”….? Well today it the footballing equivalent that all guys love… It’s Saturday Sports Day!

We kick off with a rather early one, Arsenal vs Chelsea, and we’re in desperate need of a win. Today is a 6 pointer but every means of the word. Then we’ve got some huge ass rugby game (or so I’m told), followed by a continuation in the race for survival and Champions League when QPR take on Sp*rs at Loftus Road… And just when you thought you couldn’t handle any more… BANG… Barcelona vs Real Madrid at the Nou Camp… in a season where the result actually matters.

Today’s first game is so important for us. A loss and Chelsea are 4 points behind us, Sp*rs & Newcastle both 1 point behind us and they’ll all have a game in hand, meaning we could end up 5th or 6th. A win and it’s a completely different affair – we’ll be 8 points clear of Sp*rs and Newcastle and 10 of Chelsea… with 3 games to go…

But the boss is keen not to worry too much about combinations and permutations of who wins
what, when and how and has basically said, let’s keep it simple and win against Chelsea and go from there…

“We are in a position where we do not have to calculate too much,” he said. “We want to win our next game and that is the only way we can secure our qualification. We have done remarkably well in the last two months and we want to take advantage of the run we have created and show that against Chelsea.”

So, let’s take a look at potential team line ups – although we will actually know if about 2 hours… I think it’s relatively obvious who will come in for who… With Koscielny back and Benayoun suspended, I think we’ll see this line up:


Sagna – Koscielny – Vermaelen – Gibbs

Song – Ramsey

Walcott – Rosicky – Gervinho

Van Persie

I think we’ll see Diaby, Santos, Coquelin and the Ox on the bench, as Diaby and Coquelin are just coming back from injuries, this game back me a game too soon. I actually think this game is primed for the Ox to start – he played very well against Man United and it could be the type of game he could excel in…

Any who, I will leave today’s blog at that and probably be back at full time… til then. Come on you Gooners!!





  • devday

    Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Song, Ramsey, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Van Persie

    Cech, Bosingwa, Cahill, Terry, Bertrand, Essien, Romeu, Malouda, Kalou, Sturridge, Torres

  • Berth

    Can’t help but say how Ramsey surprised me with his play once Rosicky left the pitch. The boy is good but clearly has a mental block with Rosicky on the team.

  • Nick

    Very surprised Ox started. Ramsey looked lost until Rosicky came off for Diaby. 1 point for us and I can’t say we deserved more than that. Disappointed that we didn’t put what was essentially a Chelsea B squad away. Our boys looked pretty languid except for Rosicky (who’s been sick) and Koscielny. Sagna and Theos lack of defensive help gave up the left side far too easily. Ramsey gave the ball away far too many times & I felt like Arshavin was back.

    My concern is that RVP looks like he’s checked out. He doesn’t look confident at all and I think it’s showing to the rest of the squad.

    We must win the last 3 games without question.