Chelsea Preview: The Story Of The Blues
Aah, the Mighty Wah!; fabulous stuff. And that’s what we’re hoping for tomorrow after the aha! performance against Watford. It was utter rubbish; without redemption and quite where we go from here is the question on our lips.
We’ve got to beat Chelsea if the title is going to be a realistic option; no draw, Tuesday’s defeat saw to that. As much as holding the champions-elect on their own patch might be a creditable performance, it achieves nothing. In the title race, it’s as bad as a defeat.
And we’re going to do it the hard way. The real cost of Granit Xhaka’s suspension is felt today with Aaron Ramsey missing after injury rubbed salt into the wound of his abysmal night against Watford.
Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are expected to be fit and I hope to dear God that the latter is, otherwise it’s an even squarer peg into the round hole alongside Francis Coquelin in the centre of the pitch.
Arsène’s briefing tells us that Danny Welbeck rejoins the squad for this game and I guess that Hector Bellerin replacing Gabriel will be the other change. The Brazilian typified the malaise – arrogance? – against Watford and to be honest, is far from a suitable replacement at right back.
We’ve got to look at a back three or Nacho Monreal on the right – Gibbs in on the left – if we ever lose the Spaniard again. Wenger won’t do that, though; we know it, with his loyalty to players who’ve let him down almost legendary.
Away from home, Alexis will lead the line with Iwobi, Walcott and Özil in support. The quartet will be vital to success this afternoon and need to defend from the front when Chelsea have the ball, as well as keeping possession when we have it. Passes have to be accurate and to feet, with Row Z the defensive option rather than hooking it into the channels for the Chilean to chase onto.
It’s a horrible place to lose games so Arsenal, it’s a tall order, but win, for God’s sake!