Arsenal vs Chelsea: Match preview – Wembley, as we chase a possible dream
Written by Chris on April 18, 2009 7:30
As Arsene Wenger said, few expected us to be in the semi-final of the two most important cups in European football but thanks to the comeback of “the injured ones” and strong determination, the lads have made us proud and from what they’ve been saying this week, they are determined to go all the way and win both cups. And I’m no longer hoping, I’m no longer believing, I am now certain, certain that yes, we can lift one of these two, if not both trophies
With the huge problems at the back it will definitely not be easy today but I strongly believe that if we start with the same mentality of last Wednesday’s game, that is attacking from the first minute, we can outplay the Chelsea side. Now of course it will be interesting to see who will start between Arshavin, Walcott and Nasri. Considering he’s cup-tied in Europe, I would start with Andrei, knowing that if needed, like Eduardo, Theo will be ready to come as a sub, although how can you keep Theo out after Wednesday? Nice formation headache to have, Mr. Wenger.
Of course the line-up is again not that hard to predict. With so many injuries, including Gibbs, Song will have to move at the back alongside Toure and Silvestre to start as left-back. Denilson will take the Song role after sitting on the bench in the Champions League with Robin and Emmanuel up front.
Eboue – Toure – Song – Silvestre
Arshavin(or Theo) – Denilson – Fabregas – Nasri
Van Persie – Adebayor
This is what Chelsea’s Guus Hiddink had to say before the match:
I think Arsenal are a good model. In recent years, there have been rather a lot of changes in management [at Chelsea]. But people here, inside this organisation and this club, know that it has been too much of a change.
To have stability, you must go for a longer period. Then you can make your aims on the very short-term – daily or weekly – but you can also plan in advance what you can win in two or three years.
And finally, Arsene Wenger’s comments:
You know how we play. We will not sit back and wait for Chelsea to make the game. We will go in there and try to dictate the game. If you say that we have too many players at the moment going forward it is because many of them were out and we discovered those who came in are very good as well.
‘But do not forget that two or three months ago, people were saying ‘you cannot score goals, you don’t have enough offensive weapons’. We show now that we have the players and the confidence.’
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