Saturday, December 15, 2007

Arsenal vs Chelsea

Its the other half of the Premier League 'Sunday Super Slam' as its been called in some quarters. Are we to believe it was just a quirk of the FA's computer or do the conspiracy theorists have it right and it is a SKY led manipulation? Well having been locked in a dangerously overcrowded terrace waiting for a kick-off delayed 15 minutes for the SKY cameras I know what I think (& this after Hillsborough too!)

Anyway back to the main game. For the 'Arse the early team news is that Cesc Fabregas has trained and could return, while Robin van Persie, Mathieu Flamini and Alexander Hleb all also trained and could feature. For the Chav's, Carvalho and Malouda could start fitness tests permitting. Of the others Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack and Michael Essien (suspended) are all out.

This is as ever a hard one to call. Arsenal have started to stutter lately and have really missed Fabregas. Chelsea have missed Drogba but have maintained results. I also think Essien is a real loss. The show-pony that is Ballack is no loss at all. If Arsenal get all their big guns on the pitch ie Fabregas, van Persie etc then I think they will just have too much for Chelsea, especially at the Emirates.


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