Chelsea welcome Arsenal at the Bridge this Sunday but Jose Mourinho and his men are no happy hosts.
- We’re the under-dogs
Chelsea are the bookies favourites to win the League, with many a pundit not even considering us as an outside contender for the trophy. With the memories of last year still fresh like sores from a carnivore attack, we go into this game as the losers in most people’s minds, perhaps even in the one who thinks he’s not a specialist in failure (2 years without a trophy, and counting). Mourinho believes he has the Wenger template and will plan to use it again to his advantage. He will be in for an early ‘rocktober’ surprise.
- Chelsea almost always concede
Only against Leicester at home have Chelsea managed to keep a clean sheet this season, having conceded as many goals as we have in the League this season. While they’ve been very dangerous on the attack with the likes of Hazard and Schurrle running either side of Diego Costa, the back four has been the very suspect at times, with John Terry having turned one into his own goal this season. We have the armoury to cause more ripples in that defence.
The result of the Champions League game would not have been the first guess of many Gooners but the manner by which the result was obtained even more significant than the victory. It was a game we had to win to keep our hopes of making the second round very much in our hands, but it was also important to make a clear statement for the trip to Chelsea. Welbeck’s first ever professional hat-trick duly stole the headlines from what was a very convincing victory which, barring Woj’s mishap, was a perfect preparation.
- Better Connection
Cazorla, Ozil, Chamberlain and Alexis all made noteworthy inputs to at least one of the 4 goals. Especially thrilling was the improved understanding which Welbeck seems to have established with the creative guys behind him, making well timed forward runs for Alexis and Chamberlain’s assists. It was also good to see Ozil, in a central position, making an exquisite connection with Alexis on the left. While we do not expect Wenger to play Cazorla in central midfield against Chelsea, we can expect an efficient and balanced attacking line-up, with balance both in wide places and central positions.
- We’re unbeaten
The importance of the draw against the Spurs lay more on maintaining a psychological positivity than in relinquishing some bragging rights. We have truly had to struggle for some points in the League this season but a point is as good as what you do with it in the next game. We surely would all prefer we’d lost one of the last six on the condition that we’d win all five. However, at this stage of the season, it sure does give extra motivation to face the next challenge when the previous had been survived pretty much unscathed.
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