Hopefully we will be playing against 11 and not 12 tonight. Another points-robbing refereeing decision could see me give up watching.
For a decade Chelsea have been a team studded with A-holes. Lampard, Terry, Costa, etc there were loads of them. Today only Luiz really approaches the awfulness of the past. Instead they have pleasant folk like Hazard, Kante, Cahill and Courtois.
Can we beat The Champions?
To be quite honest, I am doubtful unless we find some form. Chelsea will hopefully not PTB and allow some space for our forwards; if they do we can beat them but unlike Arsenal they have a full squad to pick from.
Chelsea also have a clever, charming manager with very good hair. Abramovich seems to like a good haircut.
With Ramsey, Giroud, Monreal and possibly Kos and Kol out, we have selection problems.
Win tonight and it will be a decent Xmas, lose and we fall behind.
Chambers BFG Koscielny
Bellerin Xhaka Wilshere M-N
Given Chelsea use pace to attack it may be wise to start Holding rather than our Club Captain in the middle of defence and perhaps Elneny, or Coquelin, in place of M-N to add a touch of security.
This is an important night for Arsenal can we beat or even compete with a very good team in form? Can we get our potent front-line to fire. Lacazette needs to score and go on a run of scoring if we are to compete for the CL places. Trouble is, I am not sure he or AFC are capable.
That said, we beat Chelsea last time they came to The Emirates and at Wembley 😀, we can again.