Theo Will Put Chelsea To The Sword

By Daniel Cowan
In Match Preview
Sep 18th, 2015
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Match Preview – Chelsea vs Arsenal – Premier League – 19.09.15

An away trip in the Premier League immediately after an away Champions League trip to Eastern Europe is hard enough with the usually daunting prospect of doing it away to the Champions after deservedly losing to rank and file opposition.

Usually being the operative word. Chelsea might have won their Champions League game with a comprehensive scoreline but let’s not pretend they’ve even achieved the lofty status of bang average in the Premier League this season. Four points in five games from the reigning Champions is absolutely shocking. If that was Arsenal we’d all be calling for Wenger’s head, well many do that regardless but you get the point.

Domestic and European form aren’t always directly linked so we can no-more say Arsenal’s loss will have any bearing than we can say Chelsea’s win has “turned their season around”. Ultimately, it’s still early in the season and you expect Chelsea to work their way up the table pretty quickly but we have a real chance to not only delay that but also put them a potential 14 points behind City after 6 games which would rule them out as much as we were after 12 games last season. Really puts into perspective how “bad” we have it at Arsenal….

Driving the final nail into their league season would be glorious, especially after all the jibes we’ve endured from that lot and their cretinous manager over the years. Winning the Community Shield has certainly broken a mental barrier for Arsenal so they’ve no reason to be over-awed by the occasion or intimidated by the ad nauseum reminders from the media about never beating a Mourinho team.

As impressive as Chelsea were in the opening stages of last season they have been equally dire in the converse this season. It is true that Arsenal have had a rather unremarkable start to the season in terms of results but when it comes to chances created we are unrivaled in the league.

It is Arsenal’s impressive array of chances – albeit largely spurned – since the start of the season that gives me hope in this match. The goals have been coming, Arsenal have slowly been getting more clinical and once we reach our level we will be incredibly hard to oppose. I believe we can find that scoring touch against Chelsea. Defensively they have been as poor as I’ve ever seen them and they’ve posed little threat to domestic challengers.

I expect Arsenal to look to control the game without the ball, as they did against City in January, and I believe with the right personnel, Theo through the middle pulling their defence hither and tither, Ramsey and Bellerin on the right – something I was opposed against at first but now I’ve seen how few options we truly have there with Oxlade-Chamberlain an utter liability at times I think it’s the right choice – helping to keep us tidy in possession, those tactics will bear fruits.

The less said about the Zagreb game, the better. Let’s look forward to tomorrow lunch time and enjoy the spectacle I’m sure is on the way. I fancy Theo to prove a few people wrong and tuck away yet another big game goal – although I’m sure it will dismissed based on how poor Chelsea have been. Sigh.

Mark Lawrenson said in his BBC predictions Arsenal have never beaten Chelsea in a competitive match. I have no idea why there is so much double standards when it comes to the Community Shield because, believe me, had we lost that it would be counted as Wenger’s 14th failed attempt to beat Mourinho. It was competitive, we won, the monkey is off our backs and the only thing that can stop an Arsenal win tomorrow is Arsenal not turning up.

Arsenal from; Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Debuchy, Gibbs, Monreal, Gabriel, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Chambers, Reine-Adelaide, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini, Coquelin, Özil, Ramsey, Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud.

Predicted Line-up

Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Özil, Alexis, Cazorla, Ramsey, Walcott

I expect to see substitute appearances from Giroud and Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Match Quote

“Every game is different and that is why I don’t deny at all the quality of Walcott. I am very happy that he scored so many goals in so many starts.”  – Arsène Wenger

Last 3 Meetings

  • Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea (02.08.2015)
  • Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea (26.04.2015)
  • Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal (05.10.2014)

Form Guide

Arsenal Last 5
LWWDW

Chelsea Last 5
WLLWL

Opposition watch

Chelsea have been bobbins – and it’s hilarious. Fabregas has decided to either start his annual period of anonymity early or is continuing last season’s whilst Hazard has been doing his absolute best to prove Mourinho wrong about being the second best player in the world – like he needed to….

Ivanovic, it transpires, is actually Russian for bobbins. I cannot remember a player becoming so poor, having been so steadfast, in such a short time and you’d wager a pumped Alexis, chomping at the bit for goals after hitting the post twice last weekend, will run him ragged tomorrow.

There hasn’t been a better chance for Arsenal to beat Chelsea in years and as Wenger said himself, there aren’t any excuses for not turning up.

Willian will miss the match with a hamstring injury and Oscar and Pedro are doubts with knee and thigh problems respectively. Begovic will continue to deputise for the suspended Courtois and whilst Begovic is a class keeper he isn’t quite Petr Cech.

Factfile

  • Chelsea are unbeaten in seven Premier League meetings since losing 5-3 at home in October 2011
  • Arsenal have never gone eight top-flight games without a win against Chelsea
  • Jose Mourinho has never lost three league games in a row during his managerial career
  • Chelsea could lose three successive Premier League matches for the first time since October 1999
  • They have already equalled their tally of three league defeats for the whole of last season
  • Chelsea have conceded a league-high 12 goals this season – it took them 15 games to reach that mark last season
  • The Gunners have won seven and drawn one of their last eight Premier League away matches
  • They have had a league-high 39 shots on target this season
  • Theo Walcott has scored 11 goals in his last 11 starts in the Premier League
  • Mesut Ozil has created a league-high 76 goalscoring chances in 2015

Prediction

I’ve been woeful with my predictions recently so I’m going to plump for 1-0 to Arsenal whilst (not so) secretly hoping for more.

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