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Arsenal vs Chelsea: Early preview & predicted line-up

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From here at the Armoury and from me personally (DKD), I would want to wish all our readers a Very Merry Christmas. No, you shall not be getting your New Years greeting at present, so just hold on for a little more than 120 hours! Right, lets get straight to business…

If you thought our home form was bad, maybe our home form against Chelsea will cheer you up. Lets see, in the last 5 matches, it goes something like this: LLWDL. So out of a possible 15 points we picked up 4. We scored 3 and conceded 10.

Injury-news:

The boss has updated us on Tommy-V, and he shall be out till the end of January. Almunia is still injured, but both midfielder Abou Diaby and Luke return against Chelsea this week.

“We have everybody back,” said Wenger. “We had them in the squad for Stoke – Diaby, Fabregas, Van Persie. Fabianski too.

“They have had one more week to prepare for this game and build up their fitness. That will have helped them of course.

“So overall we miss only Vermaelen, Almunia and Kieran Gibbs now. They will not be back in the short–term – over Christmas – but everybody else is available.”

Predicted Line Up:

———————————————————Luke——————————————————–

-Sagna————————-Kosher————————————Squillaci———————-Clichy—-

———————————————————Song———————————————————–

————————————-Wilshere———————————Cesc—————————————-

—-Nasri————————————————————————————————-Arshavin—-

———————————————————RVP————————————————————

Subs: Szczesny, Eboue, Djourou, Theo, Diaby, Nikko, Chamakh.

If required I don’t mind the partnership of RVP and Marouane, as long as the former is not played as a CAM but as a striker. The best way to get points is to utilise your players completely, and I feel RVP is really not being utilised this season, as compared to last. This is because the boss does not start him and bring him on later, as we all know how he plays then. Now don’t give me all that injury, and working his way back to match fitness crap, as the guy has not had any recent knock or injury, and he started against Belgrade. The best way to get him back to form is to make him play, and if then he gets injured, MC29 is always there. Diaby can be brought on later, in case Song feels tired. This change should be done only if we require the physicality aspect in the game. As a matter of fact, I won’t be surprised, if Le Boss starts with Abou and Cesc, and plays Nasri and AA23 on the wings. In comparison, Song looks more physically strong than Jack, so I guess the former shall occupy the supposedly CDM role.

In all honesty, we do need a physical presence in midfield, as we shall be up against Essien, Lampard, Mikel & Co, so it shall be interesting to see who the boss starts with. Diaby, I presume will sit because the guy has just come back form injury.

ARMOURY SQUARE PREDICTION : ARSENAL FC 2-1 CHELSEA FC

Cheer-i-o,

THE ARMOURY

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. dw

    December 24, 2010 at 10:47 am

    . . . . . . . . . . . .szczesny
    Sagna . . .sqillaci. . .djourou . .kosher
    . . . . . . . . Song. . . . Nasri
    . . . . . . . . . . .fabragas
    . V.persie. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . Ashavin
    . . . . . . . . . . . Chamakh

    Jack does not make the arsenal team with every
    One back you ant got a clue.Clichy would be sub we have to go with
    Power v power ,clichy is better left back but ,but he’s
    Style and lack of strength will not work aganst chelsea
    Arsen needs to no how to pick the right team to win
    .not the best 11 ,if diaby was match fit i would of started
    Him before nasri just for this game only.

  2. ddh400

    December 24, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    No matter the squard, the result is going to be as usual. Deadly Drogba will be right there to break the heart of anyone associated with ARSENAL FC.

  3. peter

    December 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    dw are you on diaby’s payroll or what?

  4. Arsenal team line up

    December 24, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Starting Line up:

    Arshavin……….Chamakh………….RobinVan Persie
    Wilshere………….Fabregas………..Nasri
    Sagna……….djourou…………..Squillaci………….Clichy

    Prediction: Arsenal FC 3(Robin Van Persie,Nasri,Fabregas) – 1 Chelsea FC (Drogba)

  5. gooner

    December 25, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Luke
    sagna kosher squillac clichy
    song
    wilshere fabregas
    nasrie
    RVP
    chamach

    This has got to be the best team arsenal can play at the moment.

    ARSENAL! ARSENAL! ARSENAL!

  6. Jorge

    December 25, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Why cant wenger try this lineup

    Luke

    Sagna Djoruo Kozzer Clichy

    Song
    Nasri Fabregas

    Walcot Vanpersie Arshavin

    In my opinion the above midfield would be able to control the game in the middle of the park and attack with speed both through the center and on the wings.

    To beat chelsea we need to control the game and take our chances. Walcot, Vanpersie and Arshavin are player who do not need three chances to score unlike Chamakh. It is very crucial that any half chancy e is taken.

  7. Zubi

    December 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    WE ARE JUST JOKING WE CANT BEAT CHELSEA, ESSIEN VR WILSHERE, HEY WHO IS LAUGHING OVER THERE. OKAY PREDICTION ESSIEN 10- WILSHERE -0 THE BISON WILL BULLY ALL THE GOONERS MIDFIELDERS

  8. Mr M.

    December 25, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    ………………………….Szczęsny…………………………..
    Eboue…….Squallaci…….Koscielny……..Clichy
    ……………….Song……………..Fabregas…………….
    Nasri………………………………………………..Arshavin
    …………..Chamakh………………..Van Persie………

  9. Allan

    December 25, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Thiis game will be won or lost in the midfield, the trick is to tame Essien and Lampard the Drogba will starved. Walcott will keep the Chelsea defenders on their toes.
    Szczesny
    Sagna Djouru Koscielny Clichy

    Wilshere Song Denilson

    Nasri Fabregas
    Walcott

    Subs VP, AA, Fabiansky, Eboue, Diaby, Squillachi, Chamakh

  10. Said

    December 25, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I think szcesny better then luke

    Szcesny

    sanga squallaqi djourou kosher

    wilshere song fabrigas

    wollcot RVP Nasri

  11. man u suck

    December 26, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    i think chelsea win 3-1 because we will have our best midfielders in the line up

  12. ryon

    December 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    ……………………………….szcesny………………………………………..
    …..sagna………djourou……..kosher…………clichy………
    …………………………………..song…………………………………….
    ……………………….wilshere………..fabregas………………………..

    …………nasri…………. ………….walcott…….

    …….Chamakh………..
    subs:fiabianski, squallaqi, van persie, eboue, arshavin denilson

    reasoning for changes to the normal starting XI: szcesny had a relatively good game against man utd considering it was his first premier league start and the enormass presure he had on he shoulders. i think we have a weakness at the back with squallaqi he seems 2 be just ‘another player’ and has really failed 2 impress me this term… djourou would make a good replacement for him… as for the midfield i would walcott on the left and leave arshavin on the bench as i think chelseas weakness at the back is ferrera and walcott can cause a lot of damage with his pace, thats if on the day Walcott plays well… i THink wilshere and song should remain back in front of the backline acting as a second defence and quick counter attack by snacthing the ball from the opponents and taking it
    forward as well as a momentary replacement at left back and right back if sagna and clichy decide to go forward!! fabregas would be the playmaker recieving the ball from song or wilshere and can make a pass to the wings where nasri and walcott could play around with there makers and play a cross in to chamahak but i personally think we shouldnt really play the crossing game with the likes of JT IN THE box, i think walcott and nasri will be the instumental players because they not afraid on taking shots, even from range!!! and if they can get it on target with pace, i think cech will have a busy afternoon!!
    as for my subs… i would leave in arshavin on the bench due to his current bad form and getting him thinking by watching the game and get him in the mood for it and putting him in as a sub at a crucial time, as for van persie, depending on how chelsea defend with the crosses and the presence of chamahak in the box, i would put him in only if we really need him… but if we were winning i would take fab off and put squallaci in his place and play him as a central midfield defender! and jeah thats my squad

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