How Arsenal can upset the odds and beat Chelsea again


Do you get that feeling again? It’s another big game and a derby that looks Chelsea’s to lose. In other words, Arsenal are just not ready. First, we have mounting injuries and about six first team players are expected to be out. Unfortunately, it’s against one of our biggest bitterest rivals in the EPL and London, Chelsea – and yes, they are cruising into the derby from their latest matches, while we are barely pulling through.

Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac, Nacho Monreal, Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey are all expected to miss the clash with Chelsea. Five of these players would make first XI in any Arsenal squad with the exception of Olivier Giroud. As if that is not enough, Chelsea have cruised through the gruelling December holiday season with 4 clean sheets out of 5 games, won three by more than 2 goals and only drew one of the matches picking 12 points out a possible 15. In contrast Arsenal have won just two of their last 5 matches, drew three and kept two clean sheets, collecting only 9 points from a possible 15.

Arsenal however were robbed of a win in their last time out by dubious refereeing. In that match against West Brom, Arsenal were frustrated and finally scored in the 83rd minute. Chelsea on the other hand scored 5 without a reply last time out against Stoke City. Finally, Arsenal are playing with lesser rest time than Chelsea with Chelsea having played on the 30th December and Arsenal having played on the 31st December.

In fact, as much as anything, the only up for Arsenal in the match is that it is at home where Arsenal have had a great record. They have played at home 9 times, won 7 times, drew once and lost just once against Manchester United.

So how do Arsenal ‘rescue’ the game against Chelsea faced with such odds?

My view is that Arsene Wenger take the ‘opportunity’ to carry out squad rotation. When I say squad rotation I also mean some tweaking of the playing pattern too.

Here is the squad that I’m certain has a chance to ‘steal’ the game from Chelsea. Playing Pattern

———Mustafi, Elneny, Chambers———–
—–Bellerin, Xhaka, Coquelin, Iwobi—-
—————Sanchez, Lacazette———-

We have played Elneny in the back three before. We must avoid Mertesacker’s slow performances against which Chelsea should exploit. I’m worried about Calum Chambers but with no one else to place here at the moment, he gets the nod. Iwobi in the left. He is hard worker and can pull through some good performances. Coquelin comes in so that Wilshere, who is on the ascendancy can have his chance in the Ozil position. Two main centre forwards. In the last match, Lacazette looked poor and can only be helped with his duties to be more effective. Sanchez, has played and performed in this role before and the two could complement each other effectively. One problem I have had with Arsenal is that they score much less than their chances suggest they should score. We could have a collapsing defense but if we can’t score we lose points because we don’t get to win matches. And we have drawn too many games already.

How do you think we can beat Chelsea?



    1. Fab says:

      Hatem Ben Afa may be 30yrs old but temporarily he may give us what we don’t have right now: skills, pace and goals. Lack of game time at psg could lower his price. But may be Arsene will look for a better quality player with a broken back.

      1. Nayr says:

        maybe aloan mate but not buying.

        1. Fab says:

          What about Deogras Costa?

          1. Fab says:

            Better than Sanchez from my opinion

      2. pires says:

        go instead for Maradona or Cruyff from his grave ….genius!

        1. pires says:

          Fab this ben arfa bullshit is laughable

  1. Innit says:

    I am not Crazy about Xhaka, Eleny and Iwobi to be honest. Especially in CB and RWB positions. I would also try debuchy over bellerin.

    Im okay with giving Wilshere another shot at Ozils position but he hasn’t impressed me in the front of midfield. I wouldn’t mind seeing Coquelin and Wilshere at the back of central midfield.

    I honestly don’t believe the above team is good enough. The Chelsea we are playing is better than the one we played earlier in the season. Chelsea are playing better then us lately innit

  2. Shortboygooner says:

    4-2-3-1 is what we need.

    Bellerin/dubuchy mustafi chambers/holding ainsley
    Le coq wilshire
    Walcot sanchez welbeck

    Stupid amount of pace going forward. If the play a high line. And if they drop it gives sanchez space to score or play lacca in. We have been failing recently because we lack forward runs. Walcott and welbeck have something to prove with iwobi somehow getting their spot. I think it will work great

  3. Nayr says:

    iwobi as a wingback and elneny as a CB. ??

    your are even worse than wenger.

  4. Nayr says:

    and in the westbrom game apart from the penalty decision.

    Chambers was very impressive.

  5. ThirdManJW says:

    Wenger’s got a good record against Conte, and knowing how consistently inconsistent we are, we’ll probably beat them, and then drop points away to Bournemouth in our next league game.

  6. Salmonella says:

    We have 0% chance of winning .

    A DRAW is the best result we can get.

  7. Brian Chess says:

    Hard times Gooners

  8. Sue says:

    So we’ll probably be without Ozil, Monreal, Ramsey & Koscielny. While Iwobi, Chambers & even Mertesacker might play.
    Chelsea have scored more goals & let in a hell of a lot less… Plus they finish games off….So it’s not looking good, I think we’ll be lucky to score!

    1. McLovin says:

      Doesnt matter if we play full strength or with absentees.

      Wenger is still around and with him its like Arsenal is playing with 10 men

  9. Ogban says:

    Fail to win this game and we can truly kiss top-four bye

  10. DANDY GUNNER says:

    NICHOLAS I love your optimism but Chelsea are going to wipe the Floor with Arsenal. It like Wenger saying Arsenal can still win the Premiership this season. Let’s be honest Wenger and the Board know that Arsenal are now a 6th place team at best in the Premiership. Once they don’t spend much they are Happy with a place in Europa league and the odd domestic Cup. The Premiership and Champions League are a thing of the past as long as they are in charge.

  11. Sam says:

    Debuchi Mustaffi Mat4 Niles

    willpower Xhaka

    Walcott Sanchez Welbeck


    sub=> Belerin, Eleny, Coqulin, and Nketa. Mr Wenger pls try this we will take three points from this game. Gunner Forever

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