Terry absence a HUGE boost for Arsenal against Chelsea

The Arsenal and Chelsea teams are out for today’s big Premier League clash and there are a few surprised and talking points from both sides. The biggest news for me and from an Arsenal point of view is the continued absence of the Chelsea captain and centre back John Terry.

The veteran defender was possibly due to return today and I reckon it is a massive plus point for Arsenal’s chances of winning that he hasn’t made it, because that leaves Cahill and Luiz and the Brazilian has been making lots of mistakes since coming back from PSG.

Vermaelen to stay at Arsenal but play in midfield?

Could Arsene Wenger be planning to move Thomas Vermaelen into defensive midfield? It is a well known issue at Arsenal that the club needs a defensive midfielder but the club hasn’t really shown much interest in any players except Victor Wanyama, but now even a deal for him doesn’t look likely.

There has been talk of Fellaini and the media have reported bids being made recently but even Fellaini is used to playing in attacking positions lately and may be more likely to join David Moyes at Manchester United if they make an offer for him. The bookies and the media are convinced that Fellaini will go to Arsenal but nothing is a certainty in football.

Barcelona to poach Arsenal’s Vermaelen? Highly unlikely!

Barcelona are in need of defensive cover. Carlos Puyol is nearing the end of his career and if he gets injured again, the Catalan team will be in trouble. At the top of their wish list is Spanish international Javi Martinez, but the Spanish press think that the deal is dead in the water and he is now out of the betting on www.OddsWinner.com to join the Spanish giants.

The bad news is that Thomas Vermaelen is next on the list, according to The Mirror. Arsenal’s centre back and vice-captain is very highly regarded by Barcelona, and his ability to play at left back would give them much needed cover in this position as well.