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Match Day Moments - Arsenal (a)

The long wait for some action, involving Chelsea, this weekend is set to come to an end.

Tonight, up in N5, we`re about to see if we`ve got what it takes to inflict another defeat upon Arsene Wenger`s side.

Arsenal are wounded after the 6-3 mauling inflicted by Manchester City and Chelsea are still smarting after their Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Sunderland, so it`ll be interesting to see who manages to get back to winning ways, or perhaps it will as I predicted in the Match Preview end up as a draw.

As usual, Jose`s team selection will prove a debatable subject and we`re hoping that the 'Special One` gets it right this time.

As is the norm, we`re running our usual Match Day Moments thread and we`re inviting you to air your views relating to anything related to the fixture, but we`re also asking you to think before you submit, Vital Chelsea is being cleaned up and we don`t want any off-the-cuff instant remarks to jeopardize your memberships!

I`ll see you all later!




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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 23 2013

Time: 5:00PM

Your Comments

Just hoping for the right result. Not expecting much from Jose's selection, most likely I am expecting not to be to thrilled about it.
Pavel Permiachkin
Finally the time has come when we can go top of arsenal. I don't know what yall think but i say this will be our most important match till date. I hope the players will stand up to the occasion. We are big game players ain't we?? Common on you bluesss!!
kolagold25
God help us we don't lose. KTBFFH:)
don delsy
3 points would be a lovely early Christmas present :)
dickturpin
Are we expecting tactical reform?
dickturpin
Hope we can take all 3pts; That would build the conviction in the players and help create a bit of momentum at least till january, when we have the opportunity of mending the patches in the team. Pray we win this one. COYB.
Tobe Enoch
I just staked 'Chelsea to win by 2 goals'. The odds are high and I'm feeling hyper.I think tonight will be a good night. COYB!! #Carefree
BluePontiff
I dunno but I just have a strange feeling we're winning this. @BlueIndian,pls sit on your lucky seat. #KTBFFH!!
BluePontiff
I wish Essien could play, hope Mata does anyway; would be fun :-)
HGH Magic
Both arsenal us have leaky defences, i think this will end in a 2 2 draw.
oscarr
A draw away at the home of a fellow contender isn't that bad, but a win will be awesome.c'mon chelsea.
oscarr
Our defense will be the key to us winning this game nomater who Jose select to start hoping for the best up chelsea
OBEX
Team news please! Anybody with it
OBEX
mikel starts
dickturpin
^lmao. Thank you for that team news.
Pavel Permiachkin
strange line up ... no Oscar or Mata
Suren Akopian
Chelsea FC ‏@chelseafc 1m Team to face Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Lampard; Ramires, Willian, Hazard; Torres. #CFC
syed230183_chelseafc
cech, iva, cahill, jt, azp, mikel, lampard, ramires, willian, hazard, torres.
Suren Akopian
I may have some more soon!
dickturpin
3 massive points at stake boys........
DonDhammih
yup weird line up. But whatever let's go blues #ktbffh #COYB
syed230183_chelseafc
Mikel and Essien in the pivot behind zmazacar and Torres upfront, Dave, zterry, Cahill, Iva to complete the squad. We need to deny arsenal any semblance or space in the middle of our own pitch especially with Ozil to stand a chance
Dwonder
bench-schwarzer, cole, luiz, schurrle, mata, Oscar and eto
Suren Akopian
Chelsea bench: Schwarzer, Luiz, Cole, Oscar, Mata, Schurrle, Eto'o. (Sky Sports) #CFC
syed230183_chelseafc
Ramites should not start this game he loses the ball more often than not and against s team that wants to keep the ball like arsenal, we will just be gifting them possession far to much. Would have preferred Mata to Rammy
Dwonder
Hopefully its not ramires on the RW he's useless there. if its 4231 than it should be mikel/rami pivot with lamps in the no10 role. but it looks like a 433.
Humza_96
if its a 4231 it should have been oscar/mata instead of lampard, who i dont think should be starting
Humza_96
Defence first formation, lets see how it goes.
oscarr
Yeah maybe this is a 433?
Pavel Permiachkin
Lets hope for the Best ! Lets go Blues !
StamfordDLion
Mikel, Ram and Lamps all together?
StamfordDLion
Its a pretty good lineup on our part onsidering our recent performances and denfsive struggles and difficulty. there is no shame here.... in playing defensive and attaking them on the counter. all that matters is the 3points and if we cant get it, we settle for 1. we cant afford to let arsenal win. c'mon boys.... do it for the fans'
Chelz Akamz
Might be a similar game to the spurs game out played in the first half came out second half a different team helped by the substitutions.
pila12
Its a pretty good lineup on our part onsidering our recent performances and denfsive struggles and difficulty. there is no shame here.... in playing defensive and attaking them on the counter. all that matters is the 3points and if we cant get it, we settle for 1. we cant afford to let arsenal win. c'mon boys.... do it for the fans'
Chelz Akamz
Ah Jose, couldn't Mata or Oscar start? Wow!
HGH Magic
Good line up, let hope for luck Now
mikacfc
It is 4 3 3 formation to deny Arsenal the control of the midfiled for me as i said before our defense is the key they should not let in silly goals like our recent games against sunderland and stoke city
OBEX
It will sound nice Christmas for Us to win this match
mikacfc
It will sound nice Christmas for Us to win this match
mikacfc
Why isn't Ba on the bench? Eto'o is a useless sub.
Humza_96
I think we are going 4-3-3 with the intention of letting Lamps getting farther forward. I like the lineup. If it is not working so well we have Schurrle Mata and Oscar on the bench
ChelseaLover123
Please no early goal give aways chelsea
Nobleonenoble
I do not understand what Mou is thinking! Mikel, Cahill, Torres? No Mata, Oscar, Luiz? Terrible!
LABison
What is lampard doing there while Mata and Oscar on bench. Jose!
Killerpass
Hoping for a good game.... and hope our defense will be solid today....
Latunvic
Torres body language looked like he was asleep in the tunnel
Nobleonenoble
Come on ramy less of that
Nobleonenoble
Not sure this is our best combo, but it's even stevens so far. Both teams lively but no serious chance so far.
ZeeNut
Good luck guys. We shouldn't lose this.
jollyheart Torres
Three or four times now ars have tried the long diagonal ball In between centre back and full back
Nobleonenoble
Whaooo.... good defending by Cahill there...
Latunvic
Asp caught out there
Nobleonenoble
Hazard and willian are not playing yet and Torres is running too much he will tire soon
OBEX
Arsenal showing us how to play football. Pathetic!
Killerpass
Lamps strikes the bar ...... unlucky .... good move
ZeeNut
Whaoo.... good strike by Lampard...
Latunvic
3 quick attacks .... suddenly we have Arsenal under a lot of pressure
ZeeNut
Ya this is what I want, play football.
Killerpass
Lets make this spell of pressure count
Ken4CFC
suddenly the game comes alive ....
ZeeNut
Thank you dean for waiving that penalty appeal,other refs could have given that and a red card!..mikel should be careful
Ken4CFC
Noooo..... Willian should have done better than that....
Latunvic
Too many wayword passes, even so we have had the better of the exchanges in last 15-20 minutes .... Willian should have passed there ....
ZeeNut
Oh...what a miss from willian
Ken4CFC
50 50 so far
StamfordDLion
Our penchant for wasting chances,is on display here again
Ken4CFC
Not that Willian has played badly but i feel Schurrle for Willian would be worth trying
ZeeNut
Willian sighhhh
syed230183_chelseafc
Willian had a great chance! Oh Well!
StamfordDLion
oh no, willian
mikacfc
The Rain is Not Helping Both Teams
StamfordDLion
chances going begging again!! story of our season! HT 0-0
syed230183_chelseafc
We've played well actually we had 7 attempts on goal.
oscarr
Both teams trying to be very careful... just one moment might be what will decide this game....
Latunvic
Hope Mikel will try to pass forward quickly. Ought to stop Arsenal players from regrouping.
StamfordDLion
It's all counter attack. No invention. There's nothing revolutionary about Mourinho's tactics. 10m a year so he can tell the team to park the bus. What has Ivanovic done at RB to deserve a place in the team?
foreign_viewer
im liking the way this is panning out. We just need to finish our chances. I say keep the team on right now. If we are stilll not scoring by the 65th minute or so then i say bring on Mata for Willian
ChelseaLover123
Couple of iffy decisions going our way!! Mikel foul on arteta could be red card and willian foul on walcott could be a penalty on another day!!
syed230183_chelseafc
We're outplaying Arsenal and having the best chances.. Hopefully we will score the first goal soon..
Carloss86
Schurrle for Willian would be worth a try after 10 min
ZeeNut
My goodness..hazard mistimes the ball at the vital moment
Ken4CFC
Torres showing signs of frustration there..
Ken4CFC
Arsenal dominating possession ... but we are dangerous on the break
ZeeNut
Looks like we might keep a cleansheet atlast today as arsenal are struggling to create any meaningful chance
Ken4CFC
Willian's brain is full of hairs. I swear. :)
Tobe Enoch
Aha ... now Oscar & Co are warming up
ZeeNut
Another wasted chance there by ivanovic
Ken4CFC
Ivanovic beat up that brat called ozil...beat him up bear!
Ken4CFC
Too much complaining at the moment .... let teh Ref do his job
ZeeNut
While a draw looks a fair reult, i feel we can nick this .... but some changes are necessary .... 1st change sees Schurlle on for Hazard ..... thought it should have been for Willian
ZeeNut
2nd change ... Oscar for Willian
ZeeNut
Last 10 minutes ..... one passage of brillance or one bad mistake can be the difference
ZeeNut
Thnk i see Eto'o warming up .... maybe that is the last throw of the dice
ZeeNut
Arsenal creating more chances now :-(
ZeeNut
Luiz it is , not Eto'o who comes on .... for Torres .... JM happy with 1 point ?
ZeeNut
Time added on is 3 minutes .... and we have a free kick in a good position
ZeeNut
Not a bad result....
Latunvic
shouldn't be disappointed with that
dickturpin
Thats it 0:0 ..... both teams will rue the missed chances .... but we stay in 4th & 3 points separate the first 5 .... what a season it has been so far
ZeeNut
Fair result in the end
ZeeNut
Chances missed.
StamfordDLion
So Liverpool remain on top.... still very close between the top 5.....
Latunvic
I know some will still moan!!!! As for me, that was a good point!!! #CFC.
Tunez
Draw Fair Result. Neither Team Dominated.
StamfordDLion
A point and a long overdue cleansheet...
Ken4CFC
Tunez: Some will moan even when we Win. Forget about when we Draw.
StamfordDLion
So we saw Oscar as a false 9 there for the last bits of the game and Luiz in midfield, interesting. At this point I hope Mou does more of that experimentation.
Pavel Permiachkin
well done to the team. defended well. cud have done better with the counter attack. A good point i wud say.
Blue Krusaders
If the game had been open.we would have won.Mou's negative tactics.
BETIKS
fair result. Looking forward to Boxing day game against Swans.
jollyheart Torres
decent result , no complaints ... a little disappointing we didnt snatch the win , but im ok with the draw as long as we use January to correct the striker situation..and we get a result against Liverpool
Blue_Mel
Lampard was fantastic today, didn't look like a 35yrs old man kraa
meloxy14
Unimpressed by our midfield's ability to create a chance for our strikers. Torres ran into numerous spaces and not one pass to him. He comes to the sideline and Willian plays a ball in the box for Frank to head. What bullocks is that.
kdnachi
Haha i love these kind of matches, Chelsea should always be solid in defens, out most sucessfull era was build on defense, Defending is the chelsea way :)!!!!
Lakupiippu
Surprised no one has praised azpili yet
jayblhoss
^Azpi to pull a Lahm and play as a lone DM.
Pavel Permiachkin
Lampard was terrific in midfield,his best display this season,class act and Cahill was also superb.
THEBREEZE
Apart from his little altercation with Ivanovic, did anyone see Ozil in the game or any tactical manoeuvre from Wenger? Same with the COC match! Safe to say Mata > Ozil individually; and Mourinho > Wenger tactically, no?
HGH Magic
Solid performance from the team. Great point gained. I'm feeling more confident about the long term future of the team. More confident we can finish top 4 this season. That's all I ask.
RomansArmy
Match Analysis: Mata should just pack his bag and go. :)
RomansArmy
@StamfordDLion IKR.... Even if it's a 5-nil win, there would be some complaints... :D The Players could have made better decisions on the Counter, but still, I aint complaining!!! #CFC
Tunez
Just 121 comments????? *sighs* Not.good enough IMO
Tunez
The draw is okay! Mourinho is trying to take a draw from all our title rivals away and wants to get all the 3 points at home...that way it will count in our favour at the end of the season if we end up taking 4 points out of a possible 6 from every of our title rivals...nice point though...swansea next..
Hazard11
@Hazard exactly man.... Draw away, win them at home. Thats possible and do-able in my opinion
Tunez
One thing about Mata that confuses me is Mou does not want to play him as a number 10 but plays him on the right in a 4231, but hasn't given him the same opportunity in more advanced 433 RW.
Pavel Permiachkin
Willian I feel can be better but it seems like he has to get used to the physicality of the PL, seems uncomfortable with that aspect.
Pavel Permiachkin
Decent result, fine defending and a clean sheet at last. But we had some chances in first half, and could have nailed them but missed as usual!! Fine effort by the lads!! #ktbffh
syed230183_chelseafc
Let's speak facts >>"@Squawka: Mixed evening for Frank Lampard: He completed just 70% of his passes and failed to win a single header but he won 4 tackles."
foreign_viewer
Jose's team selection and tactics were pretty transparent. We were physical, organised, defended as a unit and countered dangerously,, more than deserved the point but a bit more clinical we could have walked away with 3 full points. Top effort by the back 4. Their best game in a long while. Overall the better team. We need to beat Swans and Liverpool at home now to round off this year on a high. #COYB #KTBFFH
syed230183_chelseafc
@foreign-viewer,what's this negative view on Frank Lampard.He was involved right in the heart of the game throughout the match,had several shots on target and was unlucky not to score.You don't have to win a tackle or a header to have a great game.Covering and jockeying a player is just as important. Maybe his 70% passing was because he was trying to make things happen to win the game,instead of being in his own half passing backwards and sideways. He was one of our better players tonight.Fact.
THEBREEZE
Pls where is MQ members?
jayblhoss
Wtf f_v, what's the fuss about dude? 70% in my world usually denotes an "A" grade in any endeavour - be it the academics or sport - that's Alpha baby! Dunno about you, but Super Frankie defied age, and probably sports science too; and was way above average and shoulders above every other midfielder last night, safe for maybe Arteta, and would've even won MOTM had his thumping effort which had Sczesny completely beat hit the back of the arses' net! Granted @Squawka gave Frank a 7/10 rating; but how many did they give Ozil, Ramsey and Rosicky combined? Epic fail dude. Try trolling harder lol
HGH Magic
Lampard needs move on and let the young ones play. Same applies to Essien.
foreign_viewer
Dave was the nan of the match by a mile. This was the first time I have seen a Chelsea vs Arsenal game where Walcot did not have a sniff all night long. He is justifying his inclusion ahead of Cole and fully deserved his place in the team ATM. Terry and Lampard were also fantastic. Lampard put in serious hard work and Mikel was also dominant. Did not have much faith in he line up initially especially with Ramires in behind the striker but it worked out really well after all. Kudos to Mourinho for understanding the importance of not losing this game cos the psychological effect would have been damning
Dwonder
Mq is on holiday,having fun somewhere in the caribbean
Ken4CFC
jayblhoss - by "MQ members" you mean @Mq & MQrap? Well, 3 possibilities: probably dead, dying or banned; had his internet connection confiscated by mommy or an "auditor"; or suicidal owing to Messi's long term injury. Take yer pick mate ;-)
HGH Magic
Seems spurs have a new permanent manager,atleast till the end of the season
Ken4CFC
The auditors have made MQ 's bank a permanent residence.
Dwonder
With three signing,we will have a fearful team come next season
Lanrryb64
With three signing,we will have a fearful team come next season
Lanrryb64
With three signing,we will have a fearful team come next season
Lanrryb64
Still so terribly vexed.
Gian-Franco/Luca
jayblhoss: Having MQ withdrawal mate?
StamfordDLion
His gang member has replied to your question. He is in the Caribbean lol
StamfordDLion
And his numero uno (^^)fan has corroborated wat his gang member replied..lol
Ken4CFC
Wishing someone dead just because you don't like him or agree with his comments... hhmmm! says it all....
Latunvic
 

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