Stamford Bridge Over Troubled Water…………….

When I think of Chelsea, I think theatrical ….  Managers from Tommy Docherty, through to Ruud Gullit and onto Mourinho. Players from Jimmy Greaves to Zola, Osgood to Vialli. A club that has a touch of glamour mingled with spontaneity and fallibility.  Tommy Cooper was a season ticket holder, Dicky Attenborough is on the Board. But then came the Russian who changed the face of Chelsea and football as a whole. The fun was taken out. The glamour moved from the team to the Manager by bringing Jose to London. The team became efficient instead of imaginative. They won titles but lacked likeability, to the point where they became unattractive –  proof of which is that  despite winning cupboards of silverware in the last 5 years, Chelsea are still not London’s  second biggest team, they are probably 3rd behind Arsenal and THFC.

Would anyone apart from Chelsea fans and MU haters be pleased if they won the PL this season ? They represent all that has gone wrong in football. From the snarling two faced “Husband of the Year”, ex England Captain, to Lampard, Cole and Drogba. Admirable players but hardly the sort of image one wants for a Club.  What must a cultured  man like Ballack have thought the first time he met his team mates? (Though his enormous wage must be a fine palliative!)

Being a London team  and easily accessable to tube, I went to Stamford Bridge every season. It was a chilling place to go. No cover for away fans, extremely violent home support,  a running/dog track around the pitch, and The Shed –  A place to hide the red and white scarf. But SB has grown into it’s surroundings and become as expensive and plush as the streets around it. Gone are the local pubs, replaced by the Pitcher & Piano and other soulless wine bars – much like the team itself.

Sunday:  We got smashed by Chelsea at the Emirates, and we go into the game on a run of very average form. The losses to Stoke & MU and the stuttering victories over Bolton do not inspire hope. However, we have only lost twice at the Bridge under Wenger, and Chelsea have been on a poor run, coming into this game on the back of a draw against a Hull.

Following our poor display last Sunday, I have little idea of the team AW will play. Almunia will start only because there is no real alternative. The Back 4 pick themselves. Can TV/WG  keep out Drogba and Anelka?  Seeing Anelka’s goal celebrations always upsets me, AW could and definitely should have re-signed him, and Drogba seems to love a goal against us. Malouda and Cole are improving, whilst our full backs are looking shaky. Clichy has to find his form, and Sagna remember that we play in Red & White. Chelsea have a formidable midfield even without Essien. Fat Frank and Ballack are highly intelligent players, and Cesc will have problems escaping the returning Obi.  In my opinion Denilson has to rest for this one. He must be mentally shattered after his recent mistakes.  I am hopeful that Eboue plays, his power and defensive abilty will be important against Anelka who likes to cut in from wing positions. I look forward to Arshavin going back to his natural position and Bendtner starting. Nik got the usual 20 minutes returning from injury and should be available to start. I expect him to play and  Theo to come on  after 70 minutes. I want to see AA humiliate Cashley, I want to see Nik hold the ball up for the onrushing Cesc prior to our Spanish genius sliding the ball under the hapless Cech. I want to see Song bully Ballack and Obi, showing that he is The Man, and not the young apprentice.

Despite the pessimism all over the Arsenal blogsites, this game is not lost pre-kick off, our team has not gone from winners to losers in one poor game. A win would be a huge boost towards our run in, and it is not beyond the realms of possibility.  Should our players find the touch that has been missing and eradicate the silly errors, we can win.

By Big Raddy

134 Responses to Stamford Bridge Over Troubled Water…………….

  1. peachesgooner says:

    Big Raddy Says:
    February 5, 2010 at 8:45 pm edit

    First comment should be about JT, as I didn’t want to concentrate upon the loathsome chap in the post.

    My wife says that “John Terry looks like the smell of gas”. It may be a Danish humour, but it made me laugh !

    It remains to be seen as to whether JT retains his Chelsea Captaincy, but I am sure he will,thanks to player support. Chelsea are rotten from the top down.

  2. alfamilano says:

    Fine post BR. AA vs Cashley will be key and very interesting I think, good call.

  3. Rasputin says:

    Morning all,

    Top class post Raddy. Almost every game is seen as ‘Le Crunch’ in the premiership these days, but this one really does have added significance. Not just because win, and we’re still in the race for the title, but because a fighting assured performance would prove that our players have belief in one another and it’s not just rhetoric from the manager.

  4. Rasputin says:

    My confidence in the ‘manager’s belief’ is dented when I read things he’s said like this …..

    ……..”Arsene Wenger has risked ­antagonising his club’s supporters by saying that ­finishing third in the Premier League would not be a disaster and, in an apparent dig at Manchester United and Aston Villa, suggested that winning the Carling Cup hardly counted as a trophy.”

  5. London says:

    I’m going to stick my neck out and venture a guess that you don’t much like Chelsea BR? lol

    Another superb read….top drawer.

  6. peachesgooner says:

    Well done London – I see what you’ve done there 😉

    Morning all

    Great read Raddy, thanks. I used to live with a chav and these games were really nasty at home, in fact my choice of husbands up to now has been pretty rubbish, the first one was a spud!!!!!!!!!

  7. London says:

    There, you have accidently stumbled on a great name for a blog “Sol Campbell’s Shoulder” 😉

  8. Big Raddy says:

    London, What makes you say that 🙂

    Some of my best friends are Chavs and to a man they all say when asked “Who do you support”? Chelsea …. I started supporting them in ….. “. I don’t know any other club where this is the case. They are all embarrassed about the Roman effect!

    Peaches. If at first you don’t succeed ……

  9. London says:

    In an attempt to be helpful, I just wanted to make clear that I do not regard, neither do I desire, the match reports to be thought of as my exclusive domain. I am more than happy for anyone who has the inclination to volunteer at such time I will gladly take a back seat. Apart from the fact that I am a slow writer and they take me a long time, there is also the problem of boredom; that’s to say, that reading the match reports written by the same person week in week out can become a bit tiresome, like most things in life variety is key; so, if anyone else wants to volunteer to write tomorrow’s report please, come forward. How about you Rasp or Kelsey, I remember you saying that writing the match report was the easiest headline post of the week to write, so please feel free, I genuinely look forward to reading it.

  10. Rasputin says:

    Thanks London, my problem is that I work on Sundays and I don’t believe you can get sufficient insight into the game watching MotD to be able to comment intelligently…… I probably don’t do that anyway 😉

  11. Big Raddy says:

    Is it acceptable to be realistic about our chances, or do I have to assume a totally positive viewpoint? I ask myself this question often – and not just about Arsenal !

  12. irishgunner says:

    Nice post Raddy, I actually never minded Chelsea around the Zola era, when the Russian came along they got above their station and everything about the club stinks.

    Just a question – if Arshavin is moved from the central position would he not be pushed out on the left with Rosicky right so he wouldn’t really come against Cole? Unless Nasri starts and Arshavin goes right?? I’m confusing myself now 😕

  13. London says:

    My trick is that I keep Arsenal and reality at a safe distance from each other.

  14. irishgunner says:

    I’m not predicting a scoreline because I’m so thoroughly embarrassed about how wrong I got it last week…

    Its 4pm Sunday isn’t it? So another 3am wake up for me.

  15. Big Raddy says:

    London. If you are saying that you want to give up the post game posts, please re-consider.

  16. Rasputin says:

    Hi Raddy,

    It’s acceptable to be realistic about our chances in pre-match banter but not when it comes to score predictions … we all secretly know that if we forecast a draw (London for the manc game 😉 ) that is fanspeak for I can’t bring myself to say we’re gonna lose.

  17. Big Raddy says:

    Good point Irish. I have never been good with my left and rights !!

  18. Big Raddy says:

    LOL Rasputin

  19. Rasputin says:

    London, I fully appreciate (appreciate being the operative word) how much work you put into match reports and it must not be expected that you will always take the responsibility. The whole idea is that we share input – some of us have strengths in different areas – it’s not your fault that you produce excellent match reports 😆

  20. irishgunner says:

    Raddy – I can only tell cos I write with my right hand 😀 Quite confusingly I play sport with both hands – hurling with my left and tennis with my right, odd!!

  21. London says:

    My guess as to the team is that Wenger doesn’t change it all from last week; he obviously thought that the team he put out last week was the right team for the job and he never drops a player for having a bad game he always gives them a second chance. If he changes anything my guess would be Eboue for Sagna which will be a mistake because Sagna is a better defender and Eboue better at going forward and against the chavs we need the best defence we can muster.

  22. Rasputin says:

    It’s not the 2nd chance I mind … it’s the 22nd that really grates…..

  23. London says:

    I am not trying to say that I want to give up the match reports, I just want to make clear that I don’t think I have an exclusive right to them, I enjoy reading other people’s reports as well.

  24. irishgunner says:

    I can see him dropping Denilson if Diaby is fit London.

    I’d like to see Sagna and Eboue start on the right but where does Super Duper Tom go then?

  25. London says:

    Yeah, I know what you mean my confidence is being held up by match sticks.

  26. London says:


    Fair point about Diaby for Denilson.

  27. irishgunner says:

    Is the Merseyside derby worth staying up for?

  28. irishgunner says:

    Yep, Diaby will add height and hopefully a bit of steel. Hopefully he will continue on the form he was on before he got injured.

  29. Rasputin says:

    I’ve always loved Diaby 😳

  30. 1Song says:

    Just found the site, great article!
    I think we’ve got a chance as long as denilson doesn’t start. Id prefer it to be diaby, and song along side fab. Its a massive game for diaby to come back into after a few weeks out though, taking that into account AW may prefer Denilson.

  31. Rasputin says:

    Welcome on board 1song. You will forever hold a special place in the history of this site as the first new blogger to join us…..

  32. Big Raddy says:

    To drop a player after one bad game is counter-productive. Not to drop him after 5 bad games is madness!

  33. London says:

    Hello 1Song (good name by the way)

    What is your guess at Wenger’s team tomorrow and what team would you like to see yourself?

  34. Big Raddy says:


    Sagna WG TV GC

    EE CF AS Diaby/TR

    NB AA

  35. Big Raddy says:

    Irish. If you are still up. I would watch the Dippers derby. It is always a good game and we get to see our next opponents.

  36. London says:

    Yes BR

    That thought crossed my mind: 442 would work better with Bendtner and Arshavin up front but I’m not holding my breath for it to happen.

    Actually, looking closer that is a really good team.

  37. irishgunner says:

    That’s what I’m thinking Raddy, it starts 11:45pm here which isn’t a bad time. I might watch the first half, see if its any good and keep watching if it is.

  38. irishgunner says:

    A plane is on its way to Melbourne when a Blonde in Economy Class gets up & moves to the First Class section and sits down.

    The Flight attendant watches her do this and asks to see her ticket. She then tells the Blonde passenger that she will have to return to her Economy seat.

    The Blonde replies, ‘I’m blonde, I’m beautiful, I’m going to Melbourne and I’m staying right here!’

    The flight attendant goes into the cockpit and tells the pilot and co-pilot that there is some blonde bimbo sitting in First Class who belongs in Economy and won’t move back to her seat. The co-pilot goes back to the blonde and tries to explain that because she only paid for economy, she is only entitled to an Economy seat and she will have to return to her original seat.

    The Blonde replies, ‘I’m blonde, I’m beautiful, I’m going to Melbourne and I’m staying right here!’

    Exasperated the co-pilot tells the pilot that it was no use and that he probably should have the police waiting when they land to arrest the Blonde who won’t listen to reason.

    ‘You say she’s blonde? I’ll handle this, I’m married to a blonde, and I speak blonde!’

    The pilot goes back to the blonde, whispers in her ear, and she says,’Oh I’m sorry – I had no idea’, gets up and moves back to her seat in Economy.

    The flight attendant and co-pilot are amazed and asked him what he said to make her move without any fuss.

    The pilot replied,’I told her First Class isn’t going to Melbourne ‘.

  39. Big Raddy says:

    Great joke Irish…..

  40. Rasputin says:

    Looks like Chamakh must have read our opinions following the discussion regarding buying players who come out and say they want to play for Arsenal as opposed to flirting with the big bucks clubs 😉

  41. peachesgooner says:

    🙂 Its only men that speak blonde 😆

  42. peachesgooner says:

    Hi rasp – why what has he said?

  43. peachesgooner says:

    I’m really disappointed in AW today – I’ve just read in my paper that ‘finishing third is better than winning the cup’ – it seems he had no expectations for this season at all – I’m shocked, I thought he was competetive 😦

  44. irishgunner says:

    We’ll probably pick him up on a freebie in the summer Rasp.

  45. peachesgooner says:

    London – can I also say that your match reports are always entertaining – when we win they are a delight to read as your romantic attachment to Arsenal shines through …….. 😛

  46. irishgunner says:

    I think he was misconstrued a bit Peaches. To be honest I think the Carling Cup should be done away with – its pointless.

    Having said that I wouldn’t be against winning it since we haven’t won jack in so long but yeah I’d rather qualify straight for the Champions League than win the Carling Cup.

  47. peachesgooner says:

    ……and when we do badly you shouldn’t feel obliged to write a proper match report, just a bloody good rant will do…..

  48. irishgunner says:

    Having said that Peaches I think Wenger should zip it when it comes to transfers and trophies.

  49. peachesgooner says:

    I agree with you about the Carling Cup – its useless and because its useless I can’t see why we would want to win it just because we haven’t won anything.

  50. irishgunner says:

    I love how some are pointing to United wanting to win it so badly – A) I doubt they would have put out such a strong team in the semi-final were it not City they were playing, they wanted to assert their dominance of the City and B) Who was it that dropped out of the FA Cup some years back to play in the “World Club Cup?”

    League, Champions League and FA Cup are what people want to win not some mickey mouse money making cup.

  51. peachesgooner says:

    Its like winning the Emirates Cup or the Ajax Trophy its completely meaningless. At least the FA cup has some history and we’ve never won the Champions League so we’d love to win that……….

  52. peachesgooner says:

    Irish – have you been on lg and clicked the link to the petition?

  53. irishgunner says:

    Don’t think it ever matters how often you’d win the FA Cup, EPL or CL – always love to win any one of them

  54. irishgunner says:

    I’m not British Peaches 😉

  55. peachesgooner says:

    Silly me …. of course you’re not 😉

  56. peachesgooner says:

    So, how do you feel about tomorrow – I’m kind of in denial that theres even a game on 😦

  57. irishgunner says:

    Fair play to LG though to get the petition so much coverage – operations such as newsnow need to be left running.

    I dunno how I feel if that makes sense? I have that sense we can surprise them but then I also get a sense it could be another whitewash for the chavs….

  58. peachesgooner says:

    WHAT WHAT???????????

  59. irishgunner says:

    Are you watching the Liverpool vs Everton game?

    Kyrakios and Fellaini both went in with bad tackles – Kyrakios went in two footed but it looked more a yellow than anything, Fellaini stomped on his ankle after jumping in two footed and Kyrakios got a red.

    Fellaini didn’t even get booked.

    Shocking referring. Both should be gone off.

    Don’t blame mad Rafa for been mad.

  60. peachesgooner says:

    I guessed it was to do with that game and had a quick look………. Fellaini is a nasty piece of work

  61. irishgunner says:

    He stomped on someone else earlier on – Mascherano is nasty as well.

    Players like Song are guilty of niggly little fouls but the likes of Essien, Fellaini and Mascherano are nasty.

  62. peachesgooner says:

    The way I feel about tomorrows game – and I’d love to be proved wrong – is that I don’t think enough of our players have enough heart to play well when things are going against them……very sad….. 😦

  63. peachesgooner says:

    I’ve just seen that Fellaini was subbed – was he injured?

  64. irishgunner says:

    I honestly don’t know what to think, really honestly don’t.

  65. irishgunner says:

    Yeah – he hurt his shin in the tackle.

    It was kinda funny – there are liverpool fans behind the bench and he went to come back on but once he put pressure on his foot he knew he’d have to come off and signalled as such – two old ones supporting Liverpool starting laughing and clapping as if to say “I told you so” – I love when old women are mischievous

  66. peachesgooner says:

    It’ll happen to you one day 😳

  67. irishgunner says:

    One day far,far,far,far,far away 😆

  68. peachesgooner says:

    I notice you are now ‘blue’ – why aren’t we all blue – how do we become blue?

  69. irishgunner says:

    You need to put in your website address – you can do it if your not logged into wordpress it comes up on the blog or else go to your dashboard and go to edit profile and you can do it there.

  70. peachesgooner says:

    Ok, I’ll be back in a minute then.. 🙂

  71. irishgunner says:

    I’ll be here 🙂

    Liverpool are diving all over the shop.

  72. I now have so many web-sites do you think it matters which one I put in …….

  73. Obviously not cos there I am blue 😀

  74. irishgunner says:

    Nah – just whichever one you want linked to your name

  75. irishgunner says:

    Now we’ll all blue….they should be red 👿

  76. SUGA3 says:

    hello all 😉

    nice post, BR – I concur, the game is not already lost, but it will be a hell of a ride 😉

    I have added you to my blogroll…

  77. irishgunner says:

    Well that does us no good…

    Liverpool down to 10 for the 2nd half plus some and win 1-0. That’s them full of confidence.

  78. Hello SUGA3

    Thanks for popping in, slow day today – everyones scared stiff I reckon……..

    I’ve added you too 😉

  79. You’d best go to bed Irish or you’ll miss our game 😆

  80. irishgunner says:

    😆 I know ha ha

    Ireland are beating Italy 16-3 in the rugby so we should be okay there so I’m off to bed, catch ye tomorrow probably at game time.

  81. London says:

    Can I become red and white rather than blue 😉

  82. London says:

    This being blue thing is just a fad.

  83. SUGA3 says:

    frankly, I am not scared, as I am not expecting, really…

    when you expect bad outcome, you are in for a nice kind of ‘disappointment’…

    like I wrote yesterday, I want to be proven wrong 😉

  84. Rasputin says:

    Hi SUGA,

    Hull 1 nil up against citeh – who’d have thought it, that weasel Brown might do us a favour two games in a row?

  85. Rasputin says:


    Being blue directs others to this site (or any site of your choosing)- so its a form of advertising when you blog elsewhere.

  86. London says:

    I had worked that one out.

    I was wondering if it was possible to stop them from the end of the web site?

  87. SUGA3 says:

    HiYa Rasputin 😉

    this KC stadium seems like a tough place to go to, eh?

    and we are yet to play there…

  88. Rasputin says:

    It’s funny SUGA, being the insecure type I am 😉 , every team we play towards the end of the season seem daunting. Football has conquered the world in lame analogies … there are no easy games in the premiership …

  89. Rasputin says:

    Well maybe manure v wolves (aka lambs to the slaughter))

  90. Rasputin says:

    Don’t worry about the links being blue London.

    Blood = the energy force = chi is RED and represents fire and passion .. we could do with some of that tomorrow 😳

  91. SUGA3 says:

    I agree – that is why I laugh at some who are talking about our ‘easy’ run in…

    there is enough potential banana skins in there to have me worried 😉

  92. rasp – shall we have a fixtures widget…….

  93. Rasputin says:

    Bloody good idea peaches 😛 we can really get anxious watching the games tick down then ……

  94. 🙂 not more anxious than we already are 🙂

  95. Rasputin says:

    I’m surprised more fans haven’t come out with “Winning the CL is our best chance of silverware this season” … maybe they’r waiting to see what the result is tomorrow.

  96. If you ask me everyones in denial even lg have only had 200 comments today…….are we actually playing this weekend………….

  97. How many do you think Manure can put passed Pompey this afternoon – I’m going for 8 …… 😳

  98. Rasputin says:

    We know when sitting at the Emirates how a ‘collective anxiety’ percolates through the supporters when we are not playing well, I suppose the equivalent is happening on the blogs.

  99. Simon says:

    Hi all, good to see a couple of new faces already.

    As for Chelsea I’ve been trying to think about how we can avoid getting rolled over. Blindingly obvious really, but we need to score first. If we try and play some kind of containing game they’ll get more and more confident and stronger until they score. We have to put pressure on them, which they are susceptible to. We are capable of scoring – we showed that against manu when even though they were better than us we had 3 or 4 really good chances apart from TVs goal.

    So Arsene, get them fired up tomorrow, get the big boys on (sorry Denilson) and let’s hope shooting practice has been on the agenda this week.

  100. Rasputin says:

    You’re right, it will probably come down to who takes their chances … don’t dwell on the efficiency of Anelka and Drogba in that regard 😦

  101. Wheres alfa gone?

  102. Rasputin says:

    Hahahaaa … Hull 2 up against citeh

  103. Rasputin says:

    Being as this is day 1 and we don’t want to dissuade anyone from blogging, new bloggers come straight on – they don’t have to be released from moderation.

  104. Rasputin says:

    Sh**, 2:1, Lazybayor has got one back…..

  105. Simon says:

    Peaches, it’s me, alfa, forgot I changed my display name. Will be back to alfa very shortly for now at least.

  106. Surely we need to attempt to keep Anelka and Drogba quiet – the thing is we’re rubbish at trying to keep teams contained we just love to go for it and lose possession 😦

    But if Cesc finds that ball again to Arshavin over the top and he makes a monkey of JT and Nikki is just waiting for a tap in then…..then I’ll be screaming so loud……..

  107. Alfa says:

    Me as well, whatever my name is.

  108. Man U just got a fourth……….my 8’s looking good 😦

  109. There you are – its good to have an alter ego……

  110. Now you’re just being flash – Simon, Alfa, alfamilano 🙂

  111. Rasputin says:

    I think you may have put your finger on the problem there peaches – we need to attack well and defend well…. we don’t seem to be able to do both. I know most pundits say you should defend as a team.

    Dare I say, the spuds did what I keep saying we should try. They put Defoe on the halfway line whilst defending a corner against Leeds, the ball came out to him and he skinned the 2 defenders and scored. We should do that with Theo, he would tie up 2 / 3 of their defenders at the least.

  112. 5 came the shout from upstairs – the chavs are gonna want to add to their goals eeeeeek 😦

  113. Alfa says:

    5 to manu now – but 3 are own goals!

    What are pompey up to?

  114. Thats a good plan rasp. Arshavin was really canny last week except when he didn’t bother to find a pass – oh we could have been 2 up before the mancs got into the game………..what a chance 😦

    Do we know yet if Diaby is fit for tomorrow?

  115. Pompey have lost the plot.

  116. Alfa says:

    Perhaps they are on strike on account of not being paid.

  117. Just had a look at – haven’t been there since last sunday and there is this headline

    The worrying thing is that he doesn’t think the team selection was the problem – he recognises the team didn’t defend well and so……no-one was to blame for that? Denilson had a great game did he Arsene?

  118. My mancson is all excited that if we draw tmoro they stay top 🙂 Small pleasures…..

  119. Rasputin says:

    If totnum draw with Villa, 2 out of 3 of the results will have gone our way today… but actualy I’d prefer a Villa victory…

  120. Rasputin says:

    Down Pompey … Ooo errr missus….. (pun that will only work for the 45+’s)

  121. If villa beat the spuds they push them down to 6th….

    Showing your age rasp 😆

  122. And mine too as I know to what you are referring 😦

  123. 1Song says:

    Hi London,

    I think I would pick:

    MA (unfortunately)

    Sagna TV WG GC
    CF AD
    TR AA

    Who do you think he should play?

  124. Rasputin says:

    Totnum Villa nil nil at half time……

  125. So rasp, you weren’t keen on the fixture list 😉

  126. Hello 1Song

    I reckon your team is pretty much who’ll play as long as Diaby is fit – I’d prefer not to have to play Almunia but I think hes not going to change that so ho hum eh……………….

  127. Rasputin says:

    No, I was joking, I’m keen on the fixture list idea ….

  128. Rasputin says:

    That’s it, I dared not say for fear of putting a hex on it, totnum v villa 1 all, the best result for us 😉

  129. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees 😆

  130. charybdis1966 says:

    Hi – a late hello from me.

    A bit worried about tomorrow – let’s hope for the Chav’s to be racked with nerves and the away goons giving that loathsome JT all he deserves.

  131. Hello you, just about to turn off the computer – its a bit worriesome isn’t it…….

  132. Morning all

    Theres a NEW POST………..

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