Written by SharkeySure
Whilst still marvelling at the eloquence of yesterday’s post by charybdis1966, I have to disagree with what I think is its central theme, namely that Chelski and Man IOU sit back in the belief that we can’t really hurt them.
The game on Sunday kicked off in a very end to end fashion, with both teams attacking with abandon. After the opening skirmishes Chelski retreated a little for a couple of reasons.
1. Diaby’s position. These days Chelski pass the ball around in their own half much more than they did a few years ago, and Diaby (ably supported by Song) was harrying Mikel and the Chelsea rear guard into mistakes or longer passes. In attempting to retain possession both Ramires and Essien were drawn deeper and closer to Mikel to offer more support.
2. Chelski were fearful of the early impact that both Arshavin and Nasri were having on the game, and it was also clear that Chamakh was going to give Terry (spit) and Alex a lot more trouble than they were used to from an Arsenal CF.
From memory, their goal seemed to come slightly against the run of play but nevertheless it was a very good goal, and once they have scored then we all know that its ‘park the bus’ time. So whilst I acknowledge that Chelski may have ‘invited us into their lair’ as a spider does to a fly, the difference is that I believe that was always our eight legged friend’s original plan, but Chelski’s was an adaptation to the unexpected circumstances they faced. I should give them credit for that but I won’t, instead I’ll simply say ‘well played Mr Arachnid, enjoy your lunch’ !
Man IOU’s case is slightly different to Chelski’s for the simple reason that Chelski do not change their system to play Arsenal, its still their tried and trusted 4-3-3, that either pushes on or sits (/gets pushed?) back. Red Nose gives up on his 4-4-2 whenever he plays Arsenal and has done for quite a while now. Fergie goes 4-5-1 with Rooney either up top on his own, or shunted out to the left wing, much to Andy Grays dismay; and workhorses like Fletcher and Park get their first starts of the season. His sole aim to is to crowd the midfield and prevent us from passing his team to death. He really does not expect to outscore us in an open game.
The Prawn Sandwich mob in the stands were aghast when Red Nose first started doing it, as it seemed to go against absolutely everything that the Club and Red Nose stood for. I believe it was after the flying boot to Beckham’s forehead game, that Fergie ranted and raved like a frothing inarticulate loon and realised that it was better to shut the game down, even at home, than to see his team outplayed as they were on that day. He does not expect to outscore us in an open game, and resorts to safety in numbers to stifle our brilliant attacking play, well, what else would an Arsenal fan call it !!