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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Battle of the giants - Arsenal v Chelsea preview

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TRD

posted on Dec, 12 2004 @ 05:45 AM
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It is testament to just how far Jose Mourinho has brought his Chelsea side that they will be travelling to Highbury believing that they can beat an Arsenal team who have scored eight goals in their last two games.
 

A 3-0 victory over Birmingham, swiftly followed by an impressive 5-1 demolition of Rosenborg in the UEFA Champions League should remind The Gunners that until six weeks ago they looked well capable of romping to another title. But a now infamous defeat to Manchester United and a well-publicised wobble in form saw Arsenal lose points at exactly the same time as Chelsea turned on the style - and it is The Blues that now top The Premiership.

Chelsea have amazingly conceded just three goals this season away from home in the league, but John Terry et al will need to be at their brilliant best to contain an Arsenal side that look to have worked out where the goal is again. Mourinho lost out to former club Porto in Europe this week, but with passage through to the knockout stage already sealed the game was of little consequence, and Sunday will bring the return of the usual starting XI.

Arsenal will hand a late test to Freddie Ljungberg, with manager Arsene Wenger suffering from something of a midfield crisis. Captain Patrick Vieira is suspended, and with Edu and Gilberto Silva both long term injury victims, Cesc Fabregas and Mathieu Flamini could well feature.

Ashley Cole limped out of the Rosenborg win but has been given a clean bill of health, but Pascal Cygan is still ruled out. It remains to be seen if Jens Lehmann will be recalled in place of Manuel Almunia.

Chelsea will be without Robert Huth, who has an ankle problem, but had the luxury of resting the likes of Claude Makelele, Arjen Robben and Eidur Gudjohnsen in midweek. Arsenal may well have a reduced midfield, but goals have been flowing, whilst Chelsea will be looking to get back to winning ways.

Skysports






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posted on Dec, 12 2004 @ 10:07 AM
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Arsenal have taken an early lead with a goal from Thierri Henri, Reyes headed the ball in from the left wing and Henri volleyed it in the top right corner!



posted on Dec, 12 2004 @ 10:24 AM
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Goal!!!

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Arjen Robben, met in the center by Joh Terry and heading in the bottom left!

Chelsea 1 Arsenal 1



posted on Dec, 12 2004 @ 10:38 AM
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Free kick scored by Thierry Henry (Arsenal) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right channel (25 yards).

Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea.


TRD

posted on Dec, 12 2004 @ 11:51 AM
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Sounds like a good game..

I thinks it's nearly finished at 2-2..



posted on Dec, 12 2004 @ 12:07 PM
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Everton will stay second then *spits*



posted on Dec, 12 2004 @ 04:52 PM
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after the match finished 2 - 2 chelsea defender john terry feels the title race will be won be either chelsea or arsenal


"We were a bit unlucky to be 2-1 down at half time but overall it's not a bad result," Terry told Sky Sports.

"No disrespect to Everton, because they're having a great run at the moment so its great if they are up there and I wish them all the best, but I think that on paper us two will be up there.

"We were down twice but came back, and if we keep on fighting like that then it is going to be very hard for anyone to catch us."


however, jose mourhino is a bit disapointed not picking up all 3 points


"If you told before the game that we could have a draw, it would not be a bad result," said Mourinho.

"It's not a bad result at Higbury against the champions, but after the game I feel a bit disappointed because I thought we were the best team today.

"You can't concede a goal in the first minute, but we did as we had not yet started the game.

"But the reaction to the goals was fantastic, as we played with a lot of confidence.

"It's better to forget the second goal.

"At the end of the day I feel the result is acceptable. I think it was a great game and the quality of the game was good."


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posted on Dec, 13 2004 @ 04:31 PM
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Originally posted by John Nada
Everton will stay second then *spits*


Man the way they are playing they might be right up there all the way.



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