While Arsenal were producing some of their best football of the season to knock Swansea out of the FA cup last night, Chelsea were struggling to a draw against Southampton in front of their lowest home crowd of the season. The natives are restless at Stamford Bridge, and it has not helped their home form one little bit.
Since Rafa Benitez took over from Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea have won just two of seven home games, against the less than spectacular Aston Villa and the Danish minnows FC Nordsjaelland. Even when they score and are winning, the crowd still boo Benitez. The Chelsea fans were probably hoping to get Pep Guardiola at the end of the season, and his decision to join Bayern Munich will leave them even more cheesed off. They might have to stick with the Spanish waiter now. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal fans should give a great big thankyou to Roman Abramovich. Nothing that happens this year will do the Gunners as many favours as the crazy billionaire Russian has done us this week. It is common knowledge that Abramovich was desperate to get his hands on the Champions league trophy, and the man who finally did what a host of other very well paid and expensive managers failed to do has been rewarded with the sack. .......Read the full article here
There have been many factors to the improvement in Arsenal this season. The defenders, both individually and collectively are more organised, focused and sharper. Arteta has taken to his new role like a duck to water and Diaby has been fantastic. Ramsey, despite the odd mistake, is playing himself back into good form and confidence. Gervinho is much more effective this season and his finishing has been alot better. Podolski and Giroud have shown their value to the team almost instantly and Walcott, when given the chance, is staking a good claim for a striker’s role. Undoubtedly the best and most significant improvement to the Arsenal team is our super Spaniard Santi Cazorla. .......Read the full article here
Chelsea managed to just about beat Arsenal this weekend, but the front four of Torres, Mata, Hazard and Oscar cost around 125million, an amount which would send most teams bankrupt in double-quick time.
Arsene Wenger has always been at the forefront of promoting UEFA’s call for Financial Fair Play and it seems that his Chelsea counterpart Roberto Di Matteo is in full agreement that the rules are neccessary to stop so many clubs going out of business. He said: ‘We as a club are in favour of Financial Fair Play,’ .......Read the full article here
I have not been a great fan of Paul Merson over the years and he has not shied back from criticizing Arsene Wenger recently, but he certainly seems to be talking sense now and believes that Arsenal can destroy Chelsea if both teams play attacking football.
Merson said in his column in the Star: “If Chelsea lose this game, questions will be asked. They’ve already blown one trophy, against Atletico, and another in the Community Shield. They had a bad result against Juventus.
“That Champions League group is a three-way battle because FC Nordsjælland are not going to beat anyone and Chelsea have already failed to win their first home game in that mini-league. .......Read the full article here