Arsenal go into tomorrows game knowing that a win would keep us right in the title race and a loss would see us 9 points behind the leaders. Wenger believes the lads are mentally prepared to face the task at chelsea. Well i hope they are, because that’s what they are paid to do. I believe our heavy defeats last year against chelsea, were all mental lapses, not a gap in talent or size. A win would propel us to bigger things i believe, knowing that liverpool are beginning to hit top form. Goodplaya has a good article about varying our formation a bit with Nicklas Bendtner, to give us more options upfront.
Chelsea haven’t lost in 23 games at home in the league, winning 19 and drawing 4, amassing a total of 61 points from a possible 69. That is an incredible feat, however it is fair to point out that before their impressive run, the only side to beat them at home was Arsenal, Van Persie scoring both goals in the 2-1 win in November 2008.
Essien and Belletti are set to miss the game while cashley cole and joe cole could feature.
Abou diaby faces a late fitness test while eduardo and vela all doubts for the game.
Mike Dean (cringe) is the official for the game, his record 16M 2R 70Y. 11 penalties in 16 games. He’s the same idiot who denied Arshavin a blatant penalty at Old Trafford when we played United.
last 3 matches against chelsea:
arsenal 0 – 3 chelsea (2009)
arsenal 1 – 4 chelsea (2008)
arsenal 2 – 1 chelsea (2008)
C’mon You Gunners let’s get something positive out of this game.