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In line to start against Chelsea

In recent years, whenever Arsenal goes up against Chelsea, there will always be one name which scares us. Didier Drogba, the powerful Ivorian has definitely been a thorn in our side considering he has plundered in 12 goals in the last 10 competitive games he has played against us. The player is honest enough to admit he likes playing against us not only because he keeps finding the back of the net, but he admires the way we play as well, much of that credit goes to Arsene Wenger of course.

Some other fascinating statistics from the same link includes Arsenal has only beaten Chelsea twice in the last 17 meetings in all competitions and the referee who will be officiating the game, Mike Dean has given 5 penalties in the last 7 games that he has been in charge of a Chelsea game. Old boy, Nicholas Anelka also has a splendid record against us with 7 goals in 11 starts.

All that would make a very scary reading for the man between Arsenal’s sticks. As the day goes on, that man looks increasingly to be Lukasz Fabianski. Like I’ve said before, his initial games for Arsenal were very promising and even I was excited by his signing. But that has changed drastically over the years with every mistakes that he makes and the fact that he does not seem to improve despite the amount of chances that Wenger gave him.

However, he did have his first good game in years for Arsenal against Partizan Belgrade on Tuesday. While he was not exactly bombarded with shots from the Serbian side, it was a game in which he did not make a single mistakes or error in judgement. I think every Arsenal fan would’ve been glad to be able to see that side of him. As fans, we do get at players when they do not perform or when they continuously make mistakes but because we support the club and adore the club, there’s nothing we want to see more than players proving us wrong. Emmanuel Eboue turned our thinking around after and there’s no reason why Fabianski can’t do the same.

I know we’ve been here before. There is no point championing for Fabianksi to be the undisputed No.1 after only 1 game. Immediately after the game, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs also throw their support behind the much maligned keeper. At least what that match gave him was an extra bit of confidence and he is not shy to show that in the post match interview staking a claim to start at Stamford Bridge.

“I am ready to play against Chelsea. I was always ready, so we will see. I was never really bothered by all the things said. I was always trying to focus on my job and my work. That is what I was always doing and that why I am grounded”

Last but not least, Teddy Sheringham (read idiot) suggested to the FA that Wenger should take over once Fabio Capello’s reign is over. Teddy, I know you admire him and all but that would not be possible. The only country that can entice Wenger are either France or Japan.

Till tomorrow.

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