Will Chelsea pay the price for naive Arsenal preparation?

Victor Moses has revealed that Chelsea are not preparing any special measures to try and stop Alexis Sanchez, which could play right into Arsenal’s hands. The Gunners will make the short trip across North-London to Wembley on Saturday, where they will be taking on Premier League champions Chelsea. This will be Arsenal’s only chance of silverware this season, and come into the match in top form.

Our side has won eight of our nine matches since switching to a new formation, and our rivals on Saturday will need to be weary of the threat that our attack possesses, with Alexis Sanchez enjoying a particularly strong season.

Victor Moses has revealed that his side are not worried about the superstar’s talents, and they are not putting any extra time in to concentrate on nullifying his threat.

“I haven’t got a plan to stop him! He’s had a great season, he’s done well for Arsenal but whether he’s injured or not we’re just going to play our football,” Moses said at Cobham Training Centre. “We came back to training on Tuesday and we want to get ourselves ready.

“It’s going to be a very hard game for us on Saturday. Arsenal are a good team with good players that can win them games. But we’re just concentrating on ourselves at the moment, working hard in training and hopefully we’ll go and do the job.

“We’ve got the league title and they’re going to want to win because they missed out on top four. We’re going to try and stop them because we want the double. We don’t feel any pressure. If he [Antonio Conte] says Arsenal are the favourites, then… I don’t know, but we’ve got good players that can win us games.

“We think we’re good enough to beat Arsenal but it’s not going to be an easy game.”

When asked about whether the loss to Arsenal earlier in the season is in their minds, Moses responded: “Yeah, we still think about it. We lost two games in a row against Liverpool and Arsenal. We felt very sad after that game but we played them at Stamford Bridge and won 3-1.

“We beat them once and they beat us once. They’re going to want revenge but we’ll stick to our tactics and try and make sure we win.”

Will Chelsea pay the price for overlooking Alexis Sanchez? How crucial is Alexis to our chances on Saturday?

Pat J

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  1. yogoman says:

    Sanchez has been playing all season. Yet arsenal finished 5th. He won’t change anything. Chelsea will be too strong for arsenal. Forget it.

  2. luvdaguns says:

    wondering if ozil leaves, would arsenal bring back nasri? 30 yrs old in june, playing on form at seville, city cleaning house, hmmm.

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      Would nasri want to come?

      1. Tony says:

        That won’t happen even after defending his fellow frenchman when he was facing criticisms…

  3. John Ibrahim says:

    No one can be bothered when you know wenger is in charge

    Its a sure win for any opposition team

  4. frank says:

    How have they overlooked Sanchez and he is saying they are ‘working hard in training’ or you expect him to reveal everything they do in training?

  5. bran99 says:

    If Hazard alone can sprint past our so called DM and go through the middle of our defense to score, that’s a threat, we faced it and we failed to do anything about it. and that time we had Kos in the defense. now we’ll have Mert in the middle, I don’t see us winning

    1. Frank says:

      You have to Gabriel a lot of credit in that game at Stamford Bridge, he was all over Hazard on that left. Hazard being the great player he is knew he couldn’t get past him so drifted into the centre. Gabriel couldn’t leave his position and the rest is history.
      I said after that game Wenger should have played 3 at the back or Gabriel in a DM position.
      Against a player like Hazard you have to tell one player to be his shadow and forget positional play.

  6. Who is the best? PAC, Vanpayslip and BIG says:

    Arsenal haven’t been preparing any special measures for over 20 years

  7. citrenoogeht says:

    Q. Will Chelsea pay the price for naive Arsenal preparation?”

    A. Does Arsene Wenger have the tactical nouse to outwit Conté?

  8. FA Cup_The New Wenger Trophy says:

    Chelsea have nothing to prove
    so Arsenal have a very good chance.

  9. Nebsy says:

    I don’t know why are many of you so sure Chelsea will win?
    Arsenal are desperate to win anything, they need the bloody FA cup, they’ll be motivated like crazy.
    Whoever brought up the Hazard walking through our DM’s, please remember it was the part of the season where morals were on the record low, so no wonder really. Situation is not the same at the moment, entire squad will be more than up for it.

  10. Neil says:

    I think any suggestion that Chelsea’s preparation is naive is clutching at straws. There’s nothing to suggest that Conte is sloppy in preparing his team. Hazard, Costa and Pedro will be excited at the idea of running at Mertesacker. If there are no penalties or red cards I’ll be very surprised.

  11. PRINCE AFZ says:

    Per can start this game or from the bench. With a 3 central defender you don’t need to fear the pace of Per as he will be there to instruct the other 2 to keep shape at the back. And those two would take care of tracking the speed of chelsea attackers. But wait who the other one after Holding? Moreal or Debuchy? ***sneeze***. Now I know we have a problem at the back.

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