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Very good analysis, but I feel 0-0 is an unlikely result. We need to take into to account that Chelsea have not faced anyone worth mentioning, except Newcastle, so far this season, and they’ve made hard work of it. The only time they’ve played a real footballing team was against Athletico, and we know what happened there!
The new Chelsea crop are possession players which won’t work against Arsenal at all. They will be lucky to see 40% of the ball, and that will be in there own half. As for Torres, he’ll be easily dealt with by the Verminator. The only threat to Arsenal this season has been in the air, and considering Chelsea now resemble the ‘Umpalumpas’ from Willy Wonka, I don’t see any threat at all.
Now, the Chelsea defense.. No real defensive midfielder as Mikel is just plain awful, meaning a ton of space for Cazorla. Luis is always on some kind of ‘mission’ up field, as is Ivanovic. Cole doesn’t have the legs for ANY of our right wingers, and Terry is gone.
Arsenal’s defense on the other hand.. Solid. You’re not gonna play through it because our midfield is too good, and for the first time in a long time we have some height for set pieces.
Chelsea are in a building phase right now, and I admit, it has potential, but I think their time to be exposed has come. Arsenal, Man City, and Man United will be likely to tear them a new one. Home and away.
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Published: Thursday, 27th Sep 2012