Posted by Sonuvagun
This blog joins the world during dark times. I’m sure I don’t need to tell Arsenal fans that Sunday’s game against Chelsea was a make or break one. It was a chance to test our new improved young guns against the experience and steel of Chelsea and see if we’ve really got what it takes to be title contenders this season… depressingly the answer was a resounding no. Arsenal lost 3-0, unforgivable at any time but at home particularly painful. The worst thing is that we never looked like scoring. The closest we got was when Eduardo kicked the ball out of Cech’s hands and Arshavin drove the ball home – it seemed too good to be true given our distinct lack of goal threat, and it was. The referee promptly called it back, judging Cech to have had control of the ball. Wenger called it a turning point, but even by football manager standards Le Prof is unobjective – and I can’t help feel a bit of objectivity is what is required right now. Despite our possession Chelsea contained us all too easily and it was only a matter of time before a counterattack to their big nasty forwards resulted in a goal. Mr. Tweedy, of all people, was the provider and Drogba, in annoyingly good form for a genetically-modified donkey, put away the chance with ease. Three and half minutes later and the same ball from the left caused an unnecessary amount of panic in the heart of our defence, although Vermaelen was unfortunate to thigh the ball into his own goal. There was a third but it’s too painful to talk about.
Of all the top four teams none fill me with as much dread as Chelsea. They are simply too well organised at the back to break down with clever passing (which, as it’s been noted many times, is our only form of attack), and virtually all of their midfielders also defend like mobile walls. Yes it is boring, but it also damn effective, and our rather romantic notion that our technical superiority will somehow win the day ain’t cutting the mustard. Ultimately if we’re going to win any trophies this season we’re going to have to dispatch the likes of Chelsea somewhere en route. And right now I wouldn’t bet more than a beer (a kind of loyalty bet if you will) that we could do that. Without Van Persie we are missing the kind of striker who can out-muscle a defender or bring a crappy ball under control in a crowded penalty box and get off a strike. Of all the players to lose for the season it’s unfortunate (to say the least!) that we have lost our most important. Cesc may be equally good or better, but we have ready made replacements in Ramsey, Rosicky, Nasri and Arshavin. Without VP and with Bendtner injured, and maybe not quite the finished article, you have to hope that the now legendary reluctance of Wenger to spend dissipates in January. And much as I hate to say it the kind of player we need is someone in the mould of a certain mouthy Togan twat… let’s see.
Other than Chelsea I actually feel we can handle most of what the other teams in the premiership throw at us, especially if one of Eduardo/Walcott/Vela step up the pace a little… none have really had the chance to get going this season except perhaps Eduardo who understandably is a little rusty.
Anyhow if you can bear to watch you can read our Arsenal vs Chelsea Player Ratings here.