Ramsey to miss out in best midfield balance to beat Chelsea

The best balance in the team to beat CFC has no Rambo

The best balance in the team to beat CFC has no Rambo

I’m pretty sure that Andrea’s blog from yesterday about who will cover Chelsea’s main danger man and attacking threat Eden Hazard, due to the absence of Diego Costa, Drogba and Remy, was pretty much spot-on (I’d go with Debuchy at right-back and Cazorla at right midfield with the personnel available but Debuchy with Oxlade-Chamberlain would be the ideal). However, Chelsea have some other threats aside from Hazard in Oscar, Willian, Juan Cuadrado and He Who Shall Not Be Named (henceforth called FF for the points of this blog).

FF may be simulating again!!

 The one who worries me the most out of that bunch is Juan Cuadrado. I don’t watch Chelsea much but there hasn’t been a lot of chatter about him, which makes me wonder about the impact that he has had so far. However, I fear him far less than the player he replaced in Andre Schürrle. Why? While Cuadrado has good skill, Schürrle had bags of pace, something that would have rattled Arsenal’s defence. The reason I am worried about Cuadrado now is because, so far, he hasn’t had a breakout performance and I don’t want him having his breakout performance vs. Arsenal (a typical thing to happen to a Mourinho player vs. Arsenal) and embarrassing our defence. Willian doesn’t worry me a huge amount – yes, he is a fine player but he’s never struck me as world-class, not even when he was at Shakhtar. Oscar doesn’t worry me either as, in my opinion; he’s pretty inconsistent from one match to the next – that isn’t to say that he is a poor player though, not by any stretch! As for FF, his 6 month spell as a decent player has already happened this season, so he probably won’t be up to much, but I think that the chances are good that he may just simulate a few times just to anger Gooners – Adebayor 2.0 right there.


Due a break out performance and we must ensure it is not Sunday

What I find more intriguing is who will the combinations be for us? I’m pretty sure that Giroud will get the nod up top but who will be behind him? Özil will obviously be No.10 as that is his best position to pull the strings in midfield and attack, with Alexis likely on the left and Welbeck on the right with no room for Theo, except possibly on the bench. Midfield will be the toughest call. I think Coquelin in the middle with Cazorla may be our best bet – Santi has been excellent so far in a deeper role this season with his tackling and clearances and Ramsey doesn’t have the confidence or consistency at the moment to really excel in this undoubtedly difficult match, where only a concentrated performance of shutting down Chelsea’s attack and not letting Hazard wander into our penalty area will get us points. Whichever combination he tries it will be a tough one to call and all the betting can be found if you check out Paddy Power’s Arsenal team page.


Ozil at 10 but Santi must play

The defence worries me a little. I’d be less worried if Debuchy was properly match-fit, which he clearly isn’t, even after the 120 minutes vs. Reading – no-one would be after the amount of time that he has missed due to those unfortunate and untimely injuries. Monreal is in good form at the moment but he’s going to have to be at his best to curtail Willian and Cuadrado – I wouldn’t even consider starting Gibbs after his mediocre showing last Sunday. I’d start Kos and BFG for this match – Gabriel is a fine player but, when he comes on, Arsenal tend to shift to playing a high defensive line, which is fine against teams with less tactical guile than Chelsea and more direct players but this tactic will give Hazard far too many opportunities to get in behind and fall over as soon as an Arsenal player gets within a metre of him. I say give Hazard no opportunities.


Happy Days but no bench place yet for Abou

Choosing the goalkeeper will be easy: David Ospina. Szczesny was poor vs. Reading and gifted them a goal and I’d take solid consistency vs. Chelsea over possibly higher skills. I reckon the bench will look like this: Szczesny, Bellerin, Gabriel, Flamini, Ramsey, Rosicky, and Walcott. I can see Rosicky coming on late into the game – I can’t see a bench spot for Diaby despite his ability to kick John Terry in the face!


Agree? Disagree? Let’s hear it!

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6 Responses to Ramsey to miss out in best midfield balance to beat Chelsea

  1. kuba April 23, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    I dont get it, you englishmen are so retarded when it comes to judging on us, Poles. Watch the freakin replay of the goal – ball bounces off of gibbs 2 meters away from szczesny – wtf do you want him to do? This is no damn xmen movie dude, the time for reaction was to short that I would say that the fact he almost saved it shows his reflex is coming back. Last year he had gotten a golden glove award along with cech. this year, when there was no Per, no Kos, and no real defence during the first half of the season he couldn’t do much. OFC Im not sayin hes on top of his game, he’s obviously far away from that, but for fucks sake, stop listening to this shitty bbc commentators. BBC is well known of not being too polite when it comes to commenting anything related to poland. They’re like: If szczesny makes a save then there’s always something he could have done better. If ospina makes an easy safe they’re like “oooh and aahs what a composure, what a safe hands”. You don;t like Poles – fine, I dont even blame you, but the fact is that szczesny is better than ospina, hes younger, more talented, and needs some more fucking support rather than being under a constant pressure from some sad retards like yourself here. And just to back myself up here are the highlights for your ass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlim0kygj_A

    • Olly April 23, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

      Er…he never said that he didn’t like Szczesny because he’s a Pole. That would just be racist.

  2. wassswa james April 23, 2015 at 9:47 am #

    i would choose these players as my choice to face chelsea wojciech szczesny ,nacho monreal,hecter beraline,permetsacer,lourent koscielny,francis,earon ramsey,ozil,danny welbeck,alexis alessandro sanchez sanchez,and olivier giroud as the top man

  3. Hikid April 23, 2015 at 9:53 am #

    No way is Debuchy ready to start. You cannot be serious. Ballerin is rested & ready to go.

  4. daniel April 23, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    The best XI to beat chelshit will be

    Bellerin. Gabriel. Koscielny. Monreal


    Ramsey. Cazorla.

  5. derrick adeka April 23, 2015 at 9:16 pm #

    no way bellerin should start his pace will enable us to beat chelshit with welbeck just in front of him to track back and curtail hazard gabriel should get the nod with giroud upront due to his aerial threat because chances scoring aganaist chelsea will be minimal alexis and super santi included without forgeting le coq and crouchy

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