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October 4, 2010


Kick off was delayed for 20 minutes yesterday whilst a broken sewerage pipe in the Manchester United dressing room was fixed. Steve Bruce, manager of Sunderland, and still to register a win against old boss Sir Alex after 15 years joked it was a new tactic to disrupt United’s build up to the match. It didn’t work, and a fairly uninspiring 0 – 0 draw followed. Manchester United are desperate for points away for home and after Manchester City’s win today finding themselves below their city rivals in the league table – a position that will not sit well with United fans or Sir Alex.

Today Chelsea FC took on Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. A bright start by the Gunners saw Chamakh miss with a clear header. This set the tempo, both teams spreading the ball very well and eager to attack. Arsenal looked most dangerous in the final third. Intricate passing patterns, silky skills, and fast paced one twos looked pretty but failed to give Arsenal the clear opportunity required. Didier Drogba has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other Premiership team and he did it again this afternoon, holding off a defender as he surged into the Arsenal box, the muscular Frenchmen stroke low and true past Fabianski at his near post. 1 – 0 to the Blues at half time.

Why is Drogba so successful against Arsenal ? The answer is his strength. The Arsenal team squad is on average 6 centimetres and 5 kilograms lighter than Chelsea, and Drogba simply dominates.

Despite conceding the goal Arsenal kept playing the pretty patterns, can they play any other way ? I doubt it and Arsenal dominated the second half possession. Jack Wilshere controlling the game with his precision passing, Arshavin menacing with the ball at his feet and substitute Rosicky, the only midfielder whose instinct to shoot is at least as great as his desire to pass, going very close with a series of attempts.

But Chelsea killed the game 15 minutes before the end with a superb free kick straight from the training ground. Drogba shaped to take it, Brazilian defender Alex charged in like a steam train and hammered the ball, team mate Malouda making a nuisance of himself ducked out of the Arsenal wall leaving the required gap and the ball whistled into the top corner of the Arsenal goal. 2 – 0.

Game over.

More humiliation earlier today for Liverpool FC defeated at home by Premiership new boys Blackpool. The situation at Anfield is serious, no buyers are coming forward, the club captain has already ruled out any type of attempt at the title, and dumped out of the League cup by lowly Northampton Town, this iconic English club needs direction and leadership or it will find itself in an undignified battle against relegation.

I’ll leave you on a brighter note, Sven Goran Eriksson, ex-England manager, and ex- of almost everywhere else, this weekend has joined Leicester City FC, currently languishing in the bottom three of the Championship. How long before another sexy Sven story hits the headlines? O we have missed him !

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Category: Premier League

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