So Arsenal lost to Chelsea. AGAIN.
Arsenal’s record against Chelsea is awful and we all know that against Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger has failed to win once (except in a friendly game masqueraded as a trophy). I believe that in the last decade our only win was at Stamford Bridge when AVB was in charge (I may be wrong). Nevertheless our record is atrocious.
We went into yesterday’s game as league leaders (kind of) and were up against a side badly struggling at the wrong end of the table.
Yet I still felt we’d bottle it.
First of all, Chelsea always show up against us and secondly, we just don’t believe we can beat them. We don’t have the “mental strength” to overcome a physically intimidating side.
I was so convinced that I put a bet on Chelsea to win, with odds of 11/4. The £20 bet gave me a £75 return.
I felt dirty doing it, but Chelsea matches are the closest you’ll get to printing money. When it comes to Chelsea, we bottle it big time.
And so the game started. Things were pretty even until 18 minutes when Mertesacker lost the plot. He made a ridiculous challenge and once the red card came out, the game was over.
Or was it? Ordinarily a 0-0 scoreline with 10 men is difficult but it isn’t impossible to see out a draw. But unsurprisingly we endeavoured to make it harder for ourselves, making mistake after mistake.
The first mistake was taking off Olivier Giroud. Our one striker who is in form and he gets taken off. The one player who could nick a goal from a set piece. Utter madness.
The second mistake was giving the captaincy to Theo Walcott. If anything he should have come off as he is well off form at the moment – and his lack of control or involvement in the game proved that.
And the third mistake was taking off Joel Campbell and not Theo Walcott, when Alexis Sanchez came on.
Yet another Chelsea game where Arsenal gave it their best shot of royalty fucking it up. Maybe it’s better off to just give them the 3 points in the future and rest the players instead.