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Chelsea Vs Arsenal Preview, Van Persie Can Make The Difference

by on October 28, 2011

Arsenal travel to South London for their game against Chelsea  at Stanford Bridge on Saturday. After a poor start to the season the North London side have won seven out of the their last eight games in all competitions. The gunners will be going in to this London derby with confidence after their recent good run of results.  Both London teams played in the Carling Cup in midweek, with Arsenal beating Bolton 2-1 and Chelsea defeating Everton in extra time 2-1.

Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen is available to play after being substituted on the 84 minute against  Bolton on Tuesday evening with a tight calf. If Arsène Wenger decides to start Vermaelen at Stanford Bridge then their are questions marks who will play right-back? With Vermaelen likely to partner Per Mertersacker at the heart of the defence this could mean Laurent Koscielny will move to right-back.

Johan Djourou played right-back against Stoke last weekend which was an unfamiliar role for him. But Koscielny was educated as a right-back and started his career their as well. So Wenger is more than likely to start Koscielny their over Djourou, it seems a more sensible idea as they will up against the likes of Juan Mata and  Daniel Sturridge.

Carl Jenkinson has returned from injury and trained with the first team today but the nineteen year old will have a late fitness tomorrow. Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby and Bacary Sagna are all still injured.

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will miss the match tomorrow through suspension after getting sent off in Chelsea’s defeat to Queens Park Rangers last weekend. This is a major boost for Arsenal as Drogba always seems to score against them. But Fernando Torres will return after missing the last three match through suspension for Chelsea.

Arsenal will continue to play their 4-2-3-1 formation which Aaron Ramsey is likely to play in the more advanced attacking midfield role behind Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie. Gervinho and Theo Walcott I believe will operate  from either wing tomorrow.

Under new manager André Villas-Boas, Chelsea played the same formation to what they’ve had in recent seasons which is 4-3-3. Expect the game to be won and lost in midfield. Their will be key battles between both sides on field Van Persie against John Terry will be one. The inform Arsenal striker will be looking to get the better of the England Captain on the day.

My opinion is Arsenal are more than capable of getting a result tomorrow, a victory would be fantastic. Robin Van Persie can be the player on the day to make the difference. If the likes of Gervinho and Walcott are able to provide the service I have no doubt the Dutchman will take full advantage of it.


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