By Bulldog Drummond
The media will always present games against Chelsea as a foregone conclusion: a Chelsea win – even though Arsenal have won the tie more often than Chelsea.
“Ah,” they say (for they like saying “ah”) “that’s because of the 1930s. If you take recent results you will see Chelsea are way ahead.”
But no, in reality, not.
Look at the last seven and you will soon see that it is three wins each and one draw. Or look at last season and we beat Chelsea twice and they beat us once, Arsenal scoring six to Chelsea’s four.
|26 Apr 2015||Arsenal v Chelsea||D||0-0||Premier League|
|02 Aug 2015||Arsenal v Chelsea*||W||1-0||FA Community Shield|
|19 Sep 2015||Chelsea v Arsenal||L||2-0||Premier League|
|24 Jan 2016||Arsenal v Chelsea||L||0-1||Premier League|
|24 Sep 2016||Arsenal v Chelsea||W||3-0||Premier League|
|04 Feb 2017||Chelsea v Arsenal||L||3-1||Premier League|
|27 May 2017||Arsenal v Chelsea*||W||2-1||FA Cup|
*Arsenal score shown first but played on neutral ground.
The early news is just what the media ordered: huge numbers of players are hardly able to get off the toilet because of food poisoning. The list is said to include
Sead Kolasinac, Theo Walcott, Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud. But these things can change and we might know a little more tomorrow.
Meanwhile we are told Mesut Ozil is “reportedly” suggesting that £350,000-a-week is about right for him, and that Arsenal people with calculators are ordering up bigger machines because when they multiply that by 52, and then by 4 (for a four year contract) it comes up with an error message.
However Mesut, and those around him who don’t have food poisoning (I sent a note over telling them not to eat the oysters) all appear in a jolly mood, and everyone suggests that a simple move of a decimal point out to sort the deal out.
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In May this year Ozil created the most chances in a single game in the entire history of single games with 12 against Sunderland. Some say that Ozil doesn’t turn up for big games – like the World Cup final. Hey ho.
Anyway Alexis is interested and has suggested that for a mere £50k a week more he would sign as well. Arsenal have said he’s not going anywhere so he might as well sign up instead of having all that horrible task of sorting out another new contract and another new house with his dogs.
Meanwhile Craig Shakespeare confirms Leicester have rejected Roma’s “low offer” for Riyad Mahrez, which leaves another door possibly open.
Anyway I can’t give you a team line up now because of the food issue (someone must have bought some oysters) but maybe there will be some new tomorrow. And at least we can all watch the game properly since it is on both Arsenal.com and on ITV. Exactly what they should have had for the Bayern Munich game.
Oh yes and there is a game against Boreham Stiff at Meadow Park on Thursday, July 27 with kick-off at 7.30pm. Half price if you show your season ticket membership card.