It’s the match of the bloody revenge or even Blue vendetta between Chelsea FC and Arsenal people – those are the most readable headlines in newspapers, forums, internet articles. It’s the rematch since the Gunners virtually humiliated the Blues and desecrated Stamford Bridge last October after Arsenal engineered a classic come from behind victory in front of the Chelsea faithful to hand the Blues an embarrassing and rather painful 5-3 loss at home. Yes, I still reckon this match is a very big after party for the Gooners! And considering the fact that Chelsea FC then, was still right in the thick of things as far as the race for the Premiership in the 2011-12 English Premier League season was concerned, the loss Arsenal managed to come up with on the Blues’ own home pitch was debilitating, to say the least, to Chelsea’s title bid.
If you take a look at the Premiership table you will notice that Chelsea is no longer in the running for the 2011-12 Premiership title. Moreover, the Blues’ fall from grace so to speak, was so dramatic that Arsenal even outranks them now as far as both clubs’ standing in the table at this point of the English Premier League season is concerned. Sure, they may have punched in their ticket for a semi final matchup against Barcelona in the Champions League, with their great but lucky win 1-0 this Wednesday, but as far as their run for the Premiership title is concerned this season, it’s an entirely different story. This makes the Champions League this year all the more important for Chelsea because with the way their Premier League season is going, the Blues may not even be in the Champions League next year. So how bad was the loss Chelsea suffered at the hands of the Gunners at Stamford Bridge? Well, Chelsea was supposed to have a successful and memorable homecoming after the mess their captain, John Terry, got himself into following a shocking 1-0 loss to the Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
I believe that Arsenal will be looking to beat Chelsea again for the second and last time this season. With Chelsea still in the middle of the controversy brought upon by their captain, John Terry, and the alleged racist comments he made against Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand, all the Gunners were concerned with was coming back in the game and get a huge win over the Blues at Stamford Bridge. And thanks to two goals from Andre Santos and Theo Walcott, and Robin Van Persie scoring a couple more goals to complete his remarkable hat trick, Arsenal not only managed to come back in the game but they just basically overwhelmed Chelsea with a series of delicious goals that spoiled the Blues’ return at home. Anyway, Chelsea have been boosted by the win at Stamford againsy the great Barcelona and will probably fly on this high morale factor. What else I expect from this match, is that history won’t repeat in this encounter and we will see small number of goals.