As the old adage goes, the difference between a master & a beginner is that the master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried”. In myunderstanding the only outlier in Ennglish Premier League would be Mr. Arsene Wenger. With 20 years of premier league experience, he still approaches the game quite naively. His team selection, his relentles support his onw country men has only been increasing. Agree, all those french players who played under Arsene Wenger are very good, however, English fans do not visit the stadium to see Wenger developing only French players. Club is more important than the manager and its players. It is obvious that when Wenger leaves all his frenchmen will also leave and what will remain in the club. Why create such dependency. Why such 1 dimensional approach?
Conte on the contrary, a player turned manager, successfully won Serie A in Italy, setting a standard with Chelsea is seen as more experienced in the game of football. . Conte’s results are more shining than Arsene Wenger’s overall experience. This tells us, results are not directly correlated to overal experience isn’t ? Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday knowing that defeat would all but end their title challenge with three months remaining in the Premier League season.
Chelsea are nine points clear of the third-placed Arsenal and Antonio Conte’s team are a side transformed from the outfit that were hammered 3-0 at the Emirates in September. That defeat sparked a change in formation which then saw a 13-game winning run in the Premier League, seeing the Blues to the top of the table, where they now sit comfortably. Conte took a massive risk by introducing a new formation and system mid way through the season, knowing well it’s not a commonly used formation in the league, knowing well he may not have the players to exactly fit into this set up and having to change the training methods – that’s a too big a risk. The world wouldn’t be kind on him if this had backfired. We would have heard how 4-3-3 is the system where Chelsea have flourished and won almost every single title in the recent past and still in his wisdom, Conte changed this to 3-4-3 mid-season without even having the right players at his disposal and that formation was never the problem and he should have waited longer and all that.
Arsene Wenger’s side failed to capitalise on Chelsea’s draw at Liverpool on Tuesday, losing 2-1 at home to Watford, and will be 12 points adrift should they lose this weekend. Chelsea have only lost one home game this season & looks solid from their form, fitness and finesse.
Why Chelsea will concede a goal :
You look at the Chelsea defence and it’s blatently obvious that you need to attack our right side with a combination of Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta in that area of the pitch. They are not the tallest of defenders on the planet and it does cause us problems. The question is how do we look to protect ourselves in that area?
Chelsea: Courtois, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Matic, Kante, Moses, Hazard, Pedro, Costa
Arsenal:Cech, Monreal, Koscielny, Mustafi, Bellerin, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Ozil, Walcott, Sanchez
Reasons for Arsenal fans to be optimistic
Betting Odds(picked up from Bet365)
Chelsea – 21/20
Draw – 51/19
Arsenal – 3/1