By Bulldog Drummond
If we take a look at the last 10 games between Arsenal and Chelsea this is what we find
|25 April 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|
|06 Aug 2017||Arsenal v Chelsea||W||1-1||FA Community Shield|
|17 Sep 2017||Chelsea v Arsenal||D||0-0||Premier League|
|03 Jan 2018||Arsenal v Chelsea||D||2-2||Premier League|
|10 Jan 2018||Chelsea v Arsenal||League Cup|
That gives us four wins, three draws and three defeats. The goal score is 10 goals for us and ten goals for them. So we can hardly say that of late Chelsea is some sort of bogey team for Arsenal.
Of all the games between the two sides, we have won 75, they have won 62 and there have been 56 draws. Our best time against them was in the era between the two world wars when they only won twice in 23 games. But that of course was in the days when the clubs existed on their gate money, not the money from a billionaire owner. Mind you even he looks a bit miffed these days when facing the sovereign wealth of the arab emirates. Which reminds me, what has happened to Chelsea’s new stadium plans?
But back to this match, there is something rather sad about the current range of copycat headlines hitting the bloggettas at the moment, encapsulated by for example by the headline from Gunners Town, “If you love us Arsene let us go – Save Arsenal and save your sanity.”
I don’t think I am particularly qualified to save anyone’s sanity, indeed I am sure many would argue I am the last person who should get involved in such matters, but the notion that bringing in a new manager will automatically make things better is so far away from reality that one begins to wonder about the sanity of the writers.
Yes we have a new support team in place or about to join to make the recruitment of players more efficient, but when Mr Wenger leaves and the new man takes over players will still be aware of the mass media and their coat tail followers, all with their relentless attacks on the club. And those players will naturally ask themselves, “is it really worth it?”
Especially when there is an offer to go to another club which the media and the fans give a much easier time to.
Anyway, the bloggettas are now posting that Arsenal’s new manager is about to be announced, (the Mail is utterly certain it is Carlo Ancelotti) and that there are half a dozen transfers in and out happening in the next 48 hours, including Ozil going to Man U on condition that they change managers, which is an interesting twist.
Anyway, the game tonight is one where we will have as much of the first team as we can muster, leaving out those who are injured, and that looks pretty much like…
Chambers, Mustafi, Holding,
Bellerin, Xhaka, Wilshere, Maitland-Niles,
Iwobi, Lacazette, Alexis
As I write this ReadArsenal has come up with their own line up which includes Ozil, but I do think he is injured (although maybe they have some better inside information than I do).
This line up leaves out Elneny and Welbeck who will presumably join Konstantinos Mavropanos who we are told is also on the beach with them and of course Macey as sub keeper, unless of course Mr Wenger doesn’t play Ospina in goal and goes for Cech.
That leaves three more spaces for players looking on and I would add Walcott, Willock and Nelson but it is pretty hard to guess. I am, for example, assuming that the Coquelin transfer that people are talking up as happening at any second is true, although Mr W indicated that nothing was going to happen now, so that would probably put Coquelin back on the beach.
We shall not only with this team, but with all the transfers in and out that we are told will happen by Friday.
Oh and don’t forget to watch out for the 100.6% accuracy level from the referee, that PGMO have promised. Walter, if you can do a post-match piece can you count any referee errors you spot as the game goes by. Because you know you should be seeing a negative number.
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