Young Guns take on Mighty Blues
Arsene Wenger's young guns will have their title credentials tested when they take on high-flying leaders Chelsea at home on Sunday. It would be, without a shadow of doubt, a titanic clash. For Arsenal to win this game they have to deal with Chelsea'sstyle first which exact opposite of Arsenal's style, writes Abhishek Nandwani.sports Updated: Nov 26, 2009 17:32 IST
Arsene Wenger's young guns will have their title credentials tested when they take on high-flying leaders Chelsea at home on Sunday. It would be, without a shadow of doubt, a titanic clash.
Arsenal will be looking to bounce back in style after their last weekend defeat to mid table team Sunderland, while on the other hand Chelsea will be looking to keep up their impressive form in tact and will love to widen the gap between two sides. Arsenal are confident of winning on Sunday with maximum points at Emirates so far while scoring 20 goals and conceding just 4. While Chelsea will display much more cautious approach as they have already suffered 2 defeats away from their home.
The game will be as always the battle of midfield. It is the midfield where Chelsea is better than any other club in English Premier League. They start in diamond formation, all four players are central midfielders and they keep on swapping positions which creates difficulty for rival team.
Ballack, Essien, Lampard, Deco all are central midfielders and their footwork and strategy makes game easy for their strikers. For Arsenal to win the match they have to keep midfield tight and their defense rock solid, any mistake in midfield could mean serious trouble for the Gunners. They have to keep midfield occupied and move Chelsea around the pitch so that their midfielders are unable to dominate the proceedings.
For Arsenal to win this game they have to deal with Chelsea'sstyle first which exact opposite of Arsenal's style. Arsenal is known as the team who plays the most stylish game in EPL, but here they have to change their ways because Chelsea can break them at any given point.
Arsenal wide players have to go forward to suffocate Chelsea midfield and find gaps between their defenses. Most important man for Arsenal will be Andrei Arshavin. He is one of the best players in Arsenal side this season.
Arsenal has to go in this match with a very positive attitude because a defeat here will mean title hopes fading so early in the season and will leave them 11 points behind the leaders-Chelsea.