Derbies are almost always interesting… This was more than interesting… This was EPIC!!

Though I am sad that Chelsea lost, this was an amazing game to watch as the two teams switched the lead and tied 3 times, the game was full of goals, chances and attacking play.

One has to admit that after Arsenal’s bad start to the season such an emphatic win in the Stamford Bridge was at best unlikely, yet the score line is more than fair especially considering Arsenal’s performance in the second half.

The following are a few points I have observed in the game about the two teams:


They have a new found fighting spirit that you could see today on the field. This fighting spirit may have only been there because the opponent and the nature of the match yet but I strongly believe that that is not the case.

The team has several defensive errors that Arsene Wenger has to remedy but the most glaring one of them is the apparent weakness in dead balls and crosses coming from the flanks. This is very strange considering that Arsenal has one of the tallest central defenders playing in the Premier League in Per Mertesacker. Chelsea’s first 2 goals came from a cross and a corner respectively and in both cases Per was the player closest to the scorer. This weakness might still be remedied especially with the comeback of Thomas Vermaelen from injury yet that remains to be seen.

Arsenal Have a great scorer, captain and leader in Robin Van Persie. Apart from scoring a hatrick, Robin was also constantly talking to teammates and directing offensive play. It remains to be seen if RvP will continue the amazing form he has recently found and has led him to the top of the League’s scorer’s list. But if he can maintain the form Arsenal’s will miss Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri much less than everybody thought they would.

Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Gervinho and Alex Song are all very strong and should provide the perfect support for RvP.


There is a lot of potential in this team starting with the depth of their team, the shrewdness of their coach and the experience of the on field leaders such as Frank Lampard and John Terry. Yet Chelsea is full of talent that is just not clicking. These include names like Fernando Torres who shines in a game and spends the next three being completely anonymous and Daniel Sturridge who seems to go missing on the field. Ramires, Ashley Cole, Malouda and Bosingwa all fall short on performance in my opinion as well.

The team lacked creativity down the middle and depended a lot on crosses and dead balls to capitalize on an obvious weakness in the Arsenal defence. Chelsea seemed to miss Drogba dearly today. Drogba’s physical power, vision, striker instinct and above all his passion for the club and team will make him almost impossible to replace in the Chelsea line-up.

Cheslsea’s backline is in bad shape!! I can’t even remember the last clean sheet Peter Cech has kept and the defensive mistakes made today were shameful for a team of Chelsea’s caliber. Villas Boas needs to fix his defense if he means to challenge for titles this season and he needs to fix it fast.

Juan Mata is an AMAZING signing!! But I never doubted that any anyway J (Mata was Chelsea’s best player along with Super Frank Lampard each with a goal and an assist to his name)

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Khaled Al-Shihabi