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A few thoughts on the Chelsea league match

April 30, 2015

Manchester City scraped a 3-2 win over Aston Villa (Arsenal’s Cup Final opponents) to jump ahead of Arsenal in second place on Saturday evening, yet Arsenal now had two games in hand over them. Manchester United had been hammered 3-0 at Goodison Park by Everton just before Arsenal kicked off on Sunday, so Arsenal had to win to go back into second place.

There was no place for any forwards in the Chelsea line-up. Cesc, Oscar, Fraud & Willian were going to have to spearhead any attacking options Chelsea might make.

Arsenal started with : Ospina, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla, Sanchez, Giroud. Subs: Szczesny, Debuchy, Gibbs, Flamini, Wilshere, Walcott, Welbeck.

Chelsea started with eight buses in defence.  After some early Chelsea driving round the pitch trying to find a good place to park Arsenal started to play a bit themselves, but these buses are bloody hard to break down, leaving little room to get behind or though them.

Now I’m told Arsenal have a great CCTV system, so I am somewhat surprised how three or four Snipers managed to be in amongst the crowd and on the roof of stadium and not spotted. Also how did they manage to get through the search on the way into the stadium. After eight minutes Oscar was the first to be targeted by one of the snipers when Bellerin went to tackle him Oscar was being clipped on the shoulder by a .308, but on this occasion no medical staff were needed.

Ivanovic was tasked with looking after Sanchez and made sure he never got passed him by hook or by crook, you’d like to think players get protection, but …… I think Ivanovic could easily have picked up a couple of yellows or at least deserved one. Hazard has the ball, then he don’t and takes his usual position on arse having just had a meeting with Coquelin.

Cesc in his own half lofts a super through ball to Oscar. Koscielny cannot cut it out and thus Oscar if left one-on-one with Ospina to beat. Oscar lobs Ospina and luckily enough for Arsenal Bellerin saved the day covering at speed even with the full weight of carrying Hazard in his shorts pocket. In the attack Ospina clattered into Oscar who was down and out and needing treatment, I mean how dare Ospina have the cheek to actually come out, try to stop the ball and also stop on a sixpence so Oscar would not be clattered? I do wonder if Oscar could not have stopped and clattered Ospina Jose would have been happy to see Oscar sent off? The fact is it was down to momentum and both players coming together.

Fabregas goes into the area Cazorla’s knee slightly touches him and you could hear the faint puff from the sniper’s silencer as Cesc took a .300  to the temple and down he went. Chelsea scream for another penalty. It’s a conspiracy I tell you, they give Chelsea nothing. Mertesacker has Oscar attacking him, decides to stand his ground and takes the ball from Oscar like candy from a baby, so Oscar is again taken out by the sniper.

Bellerin kept the ball in play, laying it into the path of Giroud who shot but the ball hit Cahill’s knee and flew up onto his outstretched natural position arm.  I tried this natural arm position as the day went on and boy does it ache after a while, you know why, because it isn’t bloody natural.

Willian found himself in space, a good through ball took out the Arsenal defence and there was Ramire’s in on goal and yet he shot straight at Ospina, lucky escape for Arsenal but then Ramire’s didn’t really know what to do as there was no one in the box for him to foul. The half ended 0-0 and The Avengers would have problems breaking down this Chelsea defence.

Chelsea brought on Dogsbreath (the scourge of Arsenal) for the second half in hope of later nicking one on the break. The second half was basically Chelsea showing a master class on how to defend. Arsenal could not break them down. A snap chance for Mertesacker saw him shoot wide after a melee in the area and towards the end of the game a Monreal break to the touch-line and cross miss Ozil and Welbeck we just not able to turn the ball towards the Chelsea goal.

The crowd were chanting boring, boring Chelsea. Boring, boring Chelsea near the end. How many times over the years have I heard this sung to Arsenal by opposing supporters. Did the media ever make a big deal of it? Of course not, they just lapped it up and went for it. 1-0 to the Arsenal, it’s dull as dish water. However, dare the Arsenal fans chant the same at Chelsea and BANG! The media sing a different tune.

Spurs beat Chelsea 5-3, Jose shat himself and decided it was time to revert to the “park the bus approach”.  In twenty-one games since that Spurs defeat Chelsea have only scored more than one – nine times.

The game ended 0-0, Chelsea kept their ten point lead over the now joint second placed clubs Arsenal and Manchester City. Jose’s tactics had worked and his ability to park buses and get results are right up his street. When you start a match against a rival with six games to go, a ten point lead and no forwards don’t you be telling me that it’s not a boring approach.

Of course it’s Jose’s choice how he wants to play and it gets results and trophies, but it’s boring.  I understand that at times you have to play the right team, the right tactics to get a result, but Jose takes the bloody biscuit. I don’t want to pay £1500 for a season ticket to Arsenal so I can watch over fifty boring games and win a trophy at the end of the season. That doesn’t mean I don’t want trophies, what it means is I want to watch entertaining football and win trophies.

So after all the weekends matches had finished Arsenal were sitting joint second on the same points as Manchester City with a game in hand and two points clear of Manchester United with a game in hand. Now we have two Monday night games on the bounce, so our rivals for second place will play ahead of us for the next two weeks.

Oh! Finally it was nice of Bellerin to let Hazard out of his pocket so he could attend the Player of the Year award and receive the trophy. Boy! The bar been lowered for this season.




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