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Saturday December 21, 2013 MYT 7:30:00 AM
Friday December 20, 2013 MYT 5:27:13 PM
by kng zheng guan
Chelsea can't seem to kill off teams, losing to Sunderland in the League Cup in midweek, and this frailty could haunt them in the top-of-the-table clash with Arsenal on Tuesday morning. - AFP
Chelsea have always enjoyed taking on Arsenal. The Gunners are by far our favourite London derby opponents.
Yes, Arsene Wenger’s boys may be sitting top of the table right now, but they are in no way any tougher than taking on the likes of West Ham or Fulham.
In October, the Blues took on Arsenal at the Emirates in the League Cup and won with a comfortable margin of 2-0.
That’s how much we love taking on Arsenal. And this is a Chelsea without Didier Drogba.
So here is a thought, since Chelsea have always been struggling to find a new home...given the lack of space in London, we might as well make the Emirates our ‘second home’.
After all, the Gunners don’t really play like they’re on home ground... while we are so comfortable there. Why not right?
But on a serious note, this is a top of the table clash, with Chelsea having the opportunity to go top with a win... as long as Liverpool mess up at Cardiff City.
So this is a match that Jose Mourinho and his charges will be all fired up for.
It helps that Jack Wilshere is suspended for flipping the finger at fans last week.
It also helps that Arsenal’s frailty has been severely exposed by Man City – they are just bad in defending, far worse than Chelsea can ever be.
We’ve also learnt, that Olivier Giroud is not Robin Van Persie or Thierry Henry and will never be the reliable hitman the Gunners always craved.
Thus, if Chelsea can do well to expose and take advantage of all Arsenal’s shortcomings, this is a win in the bag.
The biggest concern now is how the Blues can cope with overcoming a tough defeat to Sunderland in extra time over the week.
There will be tired legs in the squad and Jose will surely want to give some of the players a rest, given that we play in our next match – against Swansea, three days later.
Central midfield is proving to be the chink in our armour with a lack of choices at hand – only Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel, Ramires and to a lesser extent, Michael Essien holding the fort right now.
Fortunately our embarrassment of attacking midfielders have always delivered when it mattered and we can safely expect Eden Hazard to torment Arsenal’s defenders from all directions.
Keep The Blue Flag Flying High
Kng Zheng Guan is expecting a change at the top of the table before Christmas Day. A win for the Blues on the cards.
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