To be perfectly honest, Arsenal have not had too great a time of it in recent years when we have come up against our Premier League and London rivals Chelsea. We all know the shocking stats about the rival managers Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho but the problems go deeper than that.
There are many different factors involved, of course, such as Chelsea hitting their spending spree just as Arsenal had to tighten our belts, but however you look at it the last 10 years or so have belonged to the Blues. Now is the time for the Gunners to get a little bit of our own back and to even up the stats, as Chelsea are having a season that is much worse than any we had to endure during the lean years.
Although most things are pointing to an Arsenal win, I cannot help but have some worry about the game tomorrow, especially after what happened at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season. So I was heartened to speak to a Chelsea supporting friend of mine earlier today, because as much as I might have been feeling nervous about the match, he was absolutely dreading it.
I asked him if he was feeling confident at all, and this is a guy who always sees the positive side of things, especially when it comes to Chelsea, and he had to admit that as hard as he tried he could not muster up a scrap of positive mental attitude for this game.
In fact he is expecting a right old kicking from, and up, the Arse. Let’s hope he is right. They certainly have it coming, and so do we!