‘You can’t win them all’ is a saying that has applied to every Premier League team, barring the Invincible’s.
Tomorrow we face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and ever since they have had their millions billions pumped in the fixture has become one of the biggest in our season, not only that, there are bragging rights at stake, especially against their fans who don’t realise their club wasn’t founded in the past decade.
Games like these you can afford to lose. Judging a team on a game like this isn’t fair, nor is it accurate. It is entirely probable that we could play our best 90 minutes (plus stoppage time, remember) of the season yet lose by two or three. That is just how football is. It is also possible that we could play a shocker of a game yet snatch a 1-0 victory at the death. Not very possible you may say, but stranger things have happened, right?
As it happens I am feeling pretty optimistic, it is the biggest game of our season so far but for longevity, the two games that follow, both away from home, are far more important. If we are going to finish in the top four our away form is key.
Chelsea are without our nemesis Didier Drogba but to say that blunts their attacking force is a little over the top, they have plenty of attacking class and players with points to prove after the defeat to QPR last weekend – they will fight back and we have to be ready. If we take control early on and get them worried, we will have the game in the palm of our hands. The only question is: do we have the quality and know-how in the team to do that? I’m not sure.
To be honest, I’d take a draw from this. A few weeks ago we would have been dreaming to think we might get something out of this fixture and that just shows the progression we have made, nothing drastic, just steady and gentle progression.
Whatever the result tomorrow lets just not go over-board either way. A win would be fabulous, a loss would not be devastating. Annoying, certainly.
We are The Arsenal. Whatever the current situation I’m always proud to say that.
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