Saturday, 19 January 2013

Chelsea (A)

Wednesday night was all about one man really. Anyone who watched the game will know exactly who I'm talking about. After 25 attempts and extra time seeming inevitable, Jack Wilshere fired a left footed shot low, past Michel Vorm and it was no more than we deserved. The first half was quite slow and "tippy tappy", but the second half we battered the Swansea goal, hitting the post, having 3 efforts cleared off the line and forcing countless saves from the Swansea keeper. On another day we could have won 3 or 4, but we got the job done and it was a solid performance. Tomorrow is an altogether different story. 
We travel to take on the chavs of Chelsea at the Bridge. Now as I'm sure you're all well aware Chelsea are currently under a bit of pressure, especially at home, winning just 1 of their last 5. The manager is unpopular, there is a sense of unease on terraces which makes it a fantastic time for us to go down there and pile on the misery. But make no mistake this is a huge game and they will be up for it. 

Wenger has some decisions to make over the team selection tomorrow. We fielded a side midweek with Cazorla and Walcott either side of Giroud. Podolski dropped out and we sat Diaby and the defensive Coquelin infront of the back four. Podolski is again a doubt for tomorrow after missing training yesterday but he does hope to be fit. The main question will be who will be leading our line, Giroud or Walcott who of course signed a new 3 and a half year deal. The outcome of this decision will also affect whether Oxlade-Chamberlain will get a start. If Walcott starts upfront he will otherwise I can see him remaining on the bench. 

Chelsea are out of sorts as of late and it is still touch and go whether Terry will be fit for the clash. After Ivanovic's torrid game against Swansea his confidence may be shot and this could be our focal point. Upfront for Chelsea is anybody's guess, personally I would play Ba but my gut feeling is Benitez will start Torres. Mata is Chelsea's danger man, if we can nullify him then we might be able to keep them quiet. I think it will be Diaby's job off the ball to stick with Mata.

I must admit I fancy us tomorrow, I'll probably be proved wrong but it would be a great result if we could steal 3 points. It'll be close that's for sure, but let's hope its the red side of London that come out on top. 

Prediciton: Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal