Chelsea vs Arsenal

This entry was posted on Friday, September 15th, 2017

“Bouldy, where’s that bus we once went on?”

A fixture that has swayed and swung with the changing of the London guard. The late 90s and early 00s tended to see Arsenal victorious at the Bridge, often scoring extraordinary goals in the process (take a bow Messrs Kanu, Silvinho and Nigel Winterburn.) Yet as the first Mourinho titles were being wrapped up, Chelsea became a tougher task, their physicality and in particular the work of Didier Drogba and Diego Costa, serving to undo Arsenal time and time again (with one rather bizarre RVP 5-3 interlude). If Stoke was Wenger’s Agincourt, Chelsea was his Siege of Harfleur. And indeed, it has been the silk of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas that has managed to undo the new, flakey Arsenal in recent years; no need even for a bulky number 9.

Such has been Arsenal’s decline, particularly in the past twelve months, that it is incredibly difficult to see them winning on Sunday, or even getting a draw. 7/2 on Arsenal winning anywhere should be an incredibly alluring price, but the truth is, there will be few takers beyond the most ardent Gooner.

Having been hammered at Anfield, and coming off the back of a psychologically tricky Thursday fixture, perhaps this could be the once-in-a-decade fixture where Mr Wenger parks the bus (previously in use at Wembley in 2005), and at Manchester City in January 2015. Hence we are sorely tempted to back a low-scoring draw, not a 0-0 but certainly the 1-1 at 7/1 with Paddy Power is worthy of our 70-342 considerations.

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