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[Preview & Predicted Line-up’s] Arsenal vs Chelsea: Victory Needed To Stay In Title Hunt

didier_drogba_arsenal vs chelsea

After a short winter break, Chelsea head into the Arsenal match with some confidence. It is a confidence that has come about as a result of the 1-1 draw with Tottenham a fortnight ago. Carlo Ancelotti has been speaking ahead of the match that he needs to see the Didier Drogba of last season. Well, we all got a taste of what Drogba can do when he is on form against Tottenham and hadn’t he missed the penalty against Spurs, Chelsea would have won the match.

Before the game, Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the need to win the game, but with Manchester United winning last night, Chelsea must surely win the game and failure to do so will probably put Chelsea out of the title race. The biggest boost for Chelsea is that Frank Lampard is back and it has been confirmed that he will start against Arsenal. There are some controversies regarding the postponement of the Manchester United game, but it remains to be seen if the postponement has had an effect on the team.

The biggest worry for Chelsea though, is that Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie are back for Arsenal, and they are the two main threats for the London rivals. The return of Cesc Fabregas also means that Samir Nasri will be looking to go beyond the last man hoping that a ball from the Spaniard will find him and more often than not, it does. Chelsea do have the history against Arsenal and have won the last five meetings without exception. Drogba has scored an impressive 13 goals in as many appearances against Arsenal and will he be scoring the 14th goal today?

My Prediction: Chelsea to win 2-0

Possible starting XIs

Arsenal (4-1-3-1-2): Fabianski, Squillaci, Clichy, Sagna, Koscielny, Arshavin, Song, Nasri, Fabregas, Van Persie, Chamakh.

Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech, Bosingwa, Terry, Cole, Ivanovic, Malouda, Lampard, Essien, Kalou, Drogba, Anelka.

Kick-off time: 20:00 BST

Arsenal v Chelsea is shown live on: Sky Sports 1 (UK), ESPN (India).

Submitted by Chelsea true Blue



  1. Gooner92

    December 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Arsenal will surely win with that formation your playing don’t you think…. 4-1-3-1-2?

  2. Babakura waziri bama

    December 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Surely insha Allah Arsenal wil win 2day nyt which wil make it posible 4 our title race opener

  3. BarDel

    December 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    4-1-3-1-2 huh? So Arsenal’s going to pull their goalkeeper for the whole match and play him as an outfielder? No point in a goalie really against Drogba right..?


  4. Armstrong

    December 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Arsenal will wining d epl tittle. Wit the likes of fabrigas, van persie, nasri, vermalin,clichy,song,bethner,asharvien around

  5. Hbk

    December 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Arsenal 2 win 2-1

  6. prince fayrouz

    December 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    hahahaha why u dey talk like this Arsenal(drogba fc) go beat Chelsea since u dey watch ball how many tyms have Arsenal (drogba fc) win Chelsea it’s impossible it can never be possible i think Chelsea will win as usual now up drogba the main man for Arsenal (drogba fc). 4-3-3

  7. Bashman lagos street

    December 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    We will win but drogba is our threat.atleast DD HAV ONE GOAL

  8. Dr Boris Eze

    December 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    As far as am concern, Drogber is no threat and he has no goal. Every day is not xmass. Though i am not a prophet,but i saw that Man utd will win 2 zero and Arsenal won by 2 goals to 1. Since uniteds score came to past, then our own is sure.

  9. nikkogunners

    December 27, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    If we were more imaginative i would go with


    Sagna Squillaci Djourou Clichy

    ——-Song Fabregas


    Nasri Van Persie Arshavin

    I think Walcott deserves a start and with a free role behind RvP. Djourou is more combative but more composed and less risky than Kosciely and in such a big game he can be a major blocker of opposition runs. Fabregas in the deeper role so he can help master counters with his very well calculated passes. On a good day he is a master of conversion of opposition attack to counters. Chelsea will not be ready for Walcott in the central role and Nasri will get room to cause problems. Arshavin on his good day will also wreck havoc.

  10. samuel

    December 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    We shall soon find out if talk is all Chelsea and it,s supporters know,up the Gunners and 3-1 to us at home ?

  11. Drake

    December 27, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    4-1-3-1-2? never will i ever open this site again.

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