Infographic: Arsenal v Chelsea [Infographic] by the team at Free Super Tips
I do not know if it is because of all the criticism that the Arsenal manager received back at the end of November after the Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez had to limp off the pitch towards the end of the Premier League draw away to Norwich City.
Whatever the reason, Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal medical team appear to be treating the forward with extreme caution as he works his way back to full fitness and a comeback into the first team. It has been weeks since we heard that Sanchez was close to a comeback but as yet there has been no sign of our star man.
Arsenal fans knew that we were getting a top quality keeper when Arsene Wenger somehow persuaded Chelsea to let us have their Czech Republic international star Petr Cech in the summer and the fact that moaning Jose Mourinho did not want to let his rival Arsene Wenger have the benefit of Cech´s ability and experience made it all the more sweet.
Maybe the Arsenal fans should not be so keen to see the back of Jose Mourinho, because all his antics seem to have given Arsenal one less challenger for the Premier League title this season, but I would personally love to see him booted out of Stamford Bridge again and I am sure that Arsene Wenger feels the same way.
After being gifted two soft goals by Aston Villa last weekend, Chelsea travel to an in form West Ham and I think a poor performance and result from the Blues could see Roman Abramovich lose patience. Slaven Bilic has already led West Ham to famous wins over Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal ourselves so let´s hope they can add the scalp of Chelsea and Mourinho.
Okay Arsenal fans, I know full well that stats do not tell the whole story and football is about more than the basic facts like possession, shots, attempts on target, clean sheets and all. But stats are used more and more by all the managers and coaches these days and they do give a good indication of individual and team performances.
So it is very encouraging to see the Premier League team stats on the Squawka.com website.
Although Arsenal beat Chelsea in the Community Shield in pre-season, the Gunners are still to find a win in the League against Jose Mourinho’s side, and Theo Walcott says that his team must simply play without fear to breal that terrible run against the Portugese manager.
“I think we need to play with no fear,” Walcott told Arsenal.com. “You can see how Chelsea have started the season, no one has given them any respite on the ball at all, and I think we need to be exactly the same like that.
We will have to wait and see whether it happens yet, but it is being reported by The Mirror that when Arsenal and Chelsea meet in the big Premier League game at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, Jose Mourinho will offer his hand to Arsene Wenger in an attempt to put an end to the long running feud between the managers.
If this does happen, how do you think Wenger should and will respond?
It is just not fair! In the same week that Arsene Wenger has been bigging up the Arsenal and England star Jack Wilshere and declaring that a few months without injury will allow us all to see the true potential of this brilliant but unlucky midfielder, he has gone and picked up yet another injury.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Wilshere has picked up the injury in training this week and it will keep him out of today´s Wembley clash with Chelsea. He was due to start for the Gunners in the Community Shield, probably in one of the wide forward roles, so as well as being a major blow for the player it gives Arsene Wenger a serious worry as he attempts to end that long run of games against Jose Mourinho without a win.
Any lingering doubts about Arsenal being able to complete the transfer of the Czech Republic international Petr Cech will soon be over once and for all. I for one had my doubts about Chelsea agreeing to the deal and have had a suspicion that Jose Mourinho would get his way and veto the move of his veteran keeper just as he did with Demba Ba a year or so ago.
But with the Evening Standard reporting that the transfer fee has been agreed at around £11 million and the keeper’s personal terms are all sorted, with Cech set to earn around £100,000 a week, the 33/year old is at the Emirates today to complete his medical.
There is no explanation of why there is yet to be an official announcement about this transfer from either Arsenal or Chelsea, but it has been reported by the usually fairly reliable source of the Daily Mail that the transfer of the Czech Republic number one Petr Cech from Stamford Bridge to the Emirates stadium has been completed.
The paper says that the transfer is costing the Gunners a transfer fee or around £11 million and the keeper will earn around £100,000 a week. It also looks like this will mean that David Ospina will leave Arsenal in the summer transfer window, in order to get the regular first team football his ability deserves, with the Poland international Wojciech Szczesny staying as our reserve and possibly cup keeper.