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Chelsea vs Arsenal: Preview, Team News & Predicted Line-up

Preview of Saturday’s clash between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, including team news, and predicted line-up.

Chelsea vs Arsenal preview, written by an Arsenal fan.

Chelsea for me is a jack in the box. Honestly, anything can happen at the Bridge this saturday absolutely anything. We may win by 2, lose by 2, get thrashed (and by that I mean a good 3 goal margin) or scrape through with a 0-1 win. Its possible, so don’t write it off.

1 positive point is that last time Chelsea last kept a clean sheet was against Stoke. Another plus point is that Drogba is not playing.

Now to the negative(s):

Villas-Boas, like Mourinho, is a tactician and in my opinion he already knows how to hurt us. The main thing is to get the ball back from them in the midfield, and maintaining a constant high tempo, which is easier written than done. We have to watch the counter-attacks because they have fast & clinical players like Sturridge, Mata and Torres.

I admit I am worried about Chelsea. And the main reason causing me concern is that Chelsea have the will to play football and WIN. Lets be frank, they were away at Goodison Park and came away with a win having 10 men for over half an hour. If thats not desire then I do not know what is.


The Boss has stated that Vermaelen may be a bit short  for saturday, but he should be available. Jenkinson  & Gibbs will most likely miss out.

Probable Line -up:

I know I am taking a long shot, but I do feel that this will be the line-up for saturday. If anything does change it will be the fact that DJ shall start in stead of Vermaelen, with Koscielny moving to centre back. All 3 midfielders will have their periods going forward, but the crucial thing is falling back when we lose the ball. Chelsea will pounce on us because its obvious when we attack we commit players forward. The attacking trio is fine except for Walcott who needs to step up his game!




  1. Femiboh

    October 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Certainly,chelsea will defeat arsenal.

  2. t boy

    October 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    chelsea wil defeat arsenal sure

  3. Ehidiamen sunday, nigeria

    October 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    T.boy and co. chelsea can not beat arsenal, bet me arsenal will run away wit all three point come saturday.

  4. Adebayo busayo

    October 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I trust Arsenal Arsenal 4 life Arsenal 1 chelsea O

  5. Elias Longnaan

    October 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Chelsea will go with all the 3 poins! Sure!

  6. Adebayo busayo

    October 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    pls Arsenal fan trust in Arsenal thank you s y sat

  7. Ade

    October 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Who re does unwanted guys who want chelsea to defeat arsenal

  8. Adebusuyi oladipupo

    October 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I trust my boyz,they would neva disapointed me…is wonna be. 2:0. Up Gunners

  9. antony otieno

    October 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    the gunners go,u can do it,prove the critics wrong,we r 2gether,all u need is believing in ur selves,no room 4 panic n cowardice.

  10. matti

    October 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Every body wit his or her opinion but in my view d game is 50-50. Avb himself cannot say he’s sure he wil get all d 3pts. I dont know if everybody undastand that arsenal is risin & if that shovld be d case chelsea need alot of work to do even to get draw. Quote me 2morow.

  11. adebisi fatai

    October 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    arsenal will win by 3goals 2 one. Up gunners

  12. bigahmed

    October 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Arsenal wil beat chealse belive it or not arsenal 8 chealse 0

  13. egessa david

    October 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Arsenal will emerge winners

  14. Walex

    October 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    For al i care,wil al arsenal fans take it calm.We know u guys ar in form, as dat 2 me is not a big deal.I am not a noisy fan nd i dont lik being sentimental,so i blv 90 minutes wil do d judgement

  15. ogundipe johnson

    October 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Very sure arsenal must get 3 point tomorow arsenal 2 chelsea 0

  16. Ajayi Olugbenga

    October 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    By the grace of God arsenal will carry the day Chel 0 Arsl 3. It is well!!!

  17. Louis

    October 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I’m a bluez 4 lyf, chelsea wil win 3-1

  18. Roland

    October 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Hahahah…!!! If i were u guys, i ll emulate walex. Arsenal plz dnt ur whole mind in this game else there ll b notin to console after d match…!

  19. sunday

    October 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm


  20. stanley blackburn...........from victoria island,lagos city Nigeria.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    walex i luv ur comment here………….lets get d dusty sentiments out,arsenal will outplay chelsea in bridge and take d 3 points home cos arsenal is in form….no doubt.arsenal look more solid in dis game despite loosin sagna and wilshere.the confidence and spirit in d camp of arsenal team is high.Am not expectin much goals in dis game,but arsenal will definitely beat physical strugglin chelsea on saturday.Am glad arsenal were in good shape to face i back arsenal on my comment “to beat cock out of chelsea… out and enjoy d real arsenal on saturday on good confidence.

  21. Adeyemo A Isaac

    October 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    To be factual and not sentimental,it is very glearin that Arsenal can win d enchanter cos presently,Guners are really hungry for d top 4 and from the last 5 games played it’s obvious that Gunners are really in good form from defence to d attack.d only laps is d midfild.let Wenger use DJR @ right Full back and add Vamellen with d Solid Alex Song in d midfild.he Vmlln can gv accurate passes 4rm d midfild and @ dsame time do d marking 4 sure,it shal b a sucess.

  22. Dollars

    October 28, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Say wt eva u like against arsenal,i’m gunner i mst gun chelsea dwn tommorow!

  23. Agbonghai Onyeka

    October 29, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Seeing chelsea coach calling l thy known and the so called chelsea fans leaving their respective viewing centre with a devastated mind at the end of the day.Gunners forever,wishing all the Gunners fans a happy 3points celibration in advance.

  24. adaba

    October 29, 2011 at 8:31 am

    already we all no dat arsenal is going win d game les keep our fingers acros and watch

  25. Tadelle

    October 29, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I afraid Chelsea might repeat Man United eight and shatter the hope of Arsenal. I am certain that you guys might again be disappointed by your team. I read all the comments and I found all as unrealistic and sentimental. Take it easy guys and see what will happen after three hrs.

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