Arsenal Handed Massive Boost As Chelsea Star Duo Are RULED OUT Of Vital Clash.

While we do our work in preparation for the clash with Chelsea, it may be worthwhile taking a sneak peek into their camp to know what to expect tomorrow. And, there is some ‘good’ news.

Mourinho confirmed that both Didier Drogba and Ramires will not be available for selection as they continue recovery on ankle and groin injuries respectively. The Chelsea duo had missed their last league game at Aston Villa as well as their Champions League win in midweek. They will now have to watch the Sunday game against Arsenal from the sidelines.

Arsene Wenger will surely be a little relieved by this piece of news, especially the part on Drogba’s unavailability. The Ivorian had cut something of a menace for Arsenal since his time with Chelsea dating back to 2004. He has scored 13 goals for Chelsea in 14 appearances against Arsenal, cutting across both League and Cup competitions, scoring the winner in the acrimonious 2007 League Cup Final. His last game against Arsenal till date actually did see him update that overall record to 15 in 15, leading Galatasaray to come from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 last year, lifting the Emirates Cup in the process.

Wenger has expressed his regret at not taking advantage of the opportunity he once had of capturing Drogba right from his non-League days at Le Mans. Along with missing out on Cristiano Ronaldo, Drogba stands out as one of the players Wenger states he would have loved to manage in his time as a coach, and on account of how much pain the striker has caused him and his team over the years, you’d understand why Le Prof must have gained some solace from Drogba’s absence from the crunch game.

Drogba’s absence, though, will mean little for Jose Mourinho’s set up as they have a more than capable replacement in Diego Costa who has taken to the new  challenge of the Premier League like a duck to water, banging twice as much as any other player closest to him on the scorers’ chart has. Wenger admits to being amazed at the rapid rate at which the Spaniard has adapted to the League, also declaring his admiration for his abilities as a complete striker, hoping that he manages to “dis-adapt” against us.

Ramires’ absence would probably not affect much in terms of Chelsea’s midfield too, as Fabregas and Nemanja Matic are sure to start against us, while Hazard and any of Willian or Andre Schurrle either side of Diego Costa.

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    Nemesis

    Drogba and Ramires have really not been the stars in the Chelsea team so far..not really ‘good’ news

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    EASY

    Kos will have Costa in his pocket, Jack will outclass Fabregas, and Ozil will supply the bullets for Welbz and Alexis to fire the goals. 2-0 Goons!

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      Nemesis

      It’s easier said than done. Hazard, Willian, Schürrle, set pieces..that game is a much bigger picture than you express it.

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    Me

    I had hopes of news of Costa and Fabregas out.

    But no, Ramires and Drogba.

    How deflating…

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    Nemesis

    Arsenal doesn’t lose because it’s a pathetic team or useless like United fans would have everyone believe, but it’s an image and approach that mess things up. An image that you have to always keep the ball (attractive football), that you can’t sit back and defend once in a while (deemed negative tactics). Am not a gooner but for years you guys have been teetering on the edge of greatness but never really getting there. Solution? Gutsines, focus and a simple change in approach.
    PS: Sign a CDM and a good backup CB

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    sam

    we wait and see

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    Okezie kingsley blow

    I pray we beat chelsea tomorrow.go gunners and make us proud.arsenal all my life

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    Dedie

    I can see Arsenal putting a fight in this battle. We got the GUNS to fire at Chelsea but my biggest worry is this, CAN WE REALLY SHIELD OUR CAMP FORM THEIR MISSILES??? They got the pace in players like Hazard and Willian, the got the supply from our very own Maestro Cesc and they got the MONSTER DESTROYER Costa who can tear us up in pieces! I hope we go out there with a better defensive mind than the one we usually have. Anyway, all the best fellow GOONERS!

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    Gab

    Can fabergas disgrace wenger like his formal stars.?????????? They likes nasir, adebayo, even RVP did it. Let’s wait and see. 2.05pm

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    Emmanuel

    Let’s be honest,the only way arsenal could get a result against Chelsea is if two of their players are red carded earlier on and arsenal is playing against 9 men of Chelsea then they could get at least a draw.other than that I don’t see arsenal coming to the party they will be comprehensively beaten.

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    davidrusa

    What is all this hullabaloo that Arsenal can’t beat Chelsea? Who decreed that? Arsenal can indeed beat Chelsea if the team comes determined to win. If the boys play with a ‘never say die’ spirit and defend as a team Chelsea will disintegrate. Anyone who has seen Mourinho’s teams will know that when Mourinho sees strong determination from the opponent he usually stays back and waits to catch the opponent on the counter-attack. This is how Pep Guardiola used to beat him at Real Madrid by denying them the ball and keeping possession and then pouncing at the right moment. If Chelsea is put under sustained pressure by a compact team it will capitulate and once Chelsea concedes to a team like Arsenal they will panic and start making mistakes which could lead them to make stupid fouls. If Mourinho sees a determined Arsenal team he will be scared because he expects a team devoid of confidence! However Arsenal should avoid adventurism as they can be caught on the counter. Let Arsenal go determined to play their game and avoid a slow start because that will give Mourinho confidence to attack and shock Arsenal. Arsenal should avoid respecting Chelsea and play like they play against any other team.

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