Chelsea v Arsenal Preview: a Brace for the Tornado?

A short bus trip to the west of London will see the boys take on the post-Abramovich Chavs with just one goal: to win and become League leaders again.

Chelsea is seldom a boring game and of course Potters’ men will want to regain some PL momentum after a mini slump in form.

The great news is that the Zinch is back and could start. Tomiyasu looks likely to miss out with injury and Emile is still not ready to be in contention. After all the games the team have played in recent months, we are very lucky to have almost all key players available.

I think this will become GJ9’s afternoon. He has been building up steam of frustration over a number of games and the top of the kettle is about to explode at Stamford Bridge. I predict a brace.

Of course, it is not important for us that Gabriel scores as long as the team score and win. I rated Giroud so highly for his ability to create space for others, and one day Sanchez and Ozil – whose careers have faltered rapidly after leaving Arsenal – will admit that Olly was instrumental to their goals and assists whilst donning the Royal Red and White. Gabriel has a similar importance to the team and he is close to MOTM every time for me, but a striker likes to score goals and Gabriel is due a few: today would be perfect timing.

We’ll have to be wary of the wounded Chavs and Potter is a fine strategist who likes to be the underdog, so we need to be ultra-focused, especially when we are pushing a high line.

Line up


BB, BW, BG, Zinch

—- BTh – – –

Buka, Ode, GX, Marti

The Tornado

Come On You Rip Roaring Gunners.

By TotalArsenal

48 thoughts on “Chelsea v Arsenal Preview: a Brace for the Tornado?

  • Morning all here’s our team ………….

    1 Ramsdale
    4 White
    12 Saliba
    6 Gabriel
    35 Zinchenko
    5 Thomas
    34 Xhaka
    7 Saka
    8 Odegaard (c)
    11 Martinelli
    9 Jesus

    30 Turner
    17 Cedric
    16 Holding
    3 Tierney
    25 Elneny
    23 Lokonga
    21 Vieira
    24 Nelson

  • Surprised Arteta has gone with Zinchenko instead of Tierney. I thought Tierney has shown he deserved a start today, with his output on Thursday.

    Well, he is the boss but I would not use a player who has not had a kick in WEEKS.

    Every game has become a test of our title credentials, these days. I wonder when they will be convinced. Ramsdale has to be decisive or Auba will hunt him down.


  • Thought we should see the line up of the hosts as well…

    Mendy | Cucurella, Silva, Chalobah, Azpilicueta (c) | Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho | Mount, Havertz | Sterling, Aubameyang.

    Substitutes: Bettinelli, Koulibaly, Gallagher, Hall, Kovačić, Zakaria, Pulisic, Ziyech, Broja

  • It’s actually been a while since we’ve had our midfielder/LB Zinchenko helping us to control things. Others have been trying to do the job in his absence, but he’s the original. I’d love to see him today.

  • Controlling the ball but not actually creating clear chances so far. Zinchenko slightly off the pace, Saka not his best so far. I’d like to see Martinelli coming inside a bit more, he’s been our most dangerous.

  • Well it was never gonna be a cruise, was it?
    We’re the better team, but I don’t wanna think of the number of such games which ended up with the “better team” losing 0-1 …
    I have a feeling Bukayo isn’t 100% fit, and Oliver deciding his LB could play by the rugby rules won’t do him any good
    Yes, J., Zinch is the only perfect fit for that 3-2-4-1 MA favours when in possession … butnot picking him was harsh nevertheless imo

  • Enjoyable game how about that Saliba guy it is unreal how good he is even going forward showed off some wing play. I have him or Thomas as the man of the match but a great team performance.

  • I wanna say I love the life I live
    And I’m gonna live the life I love
    Up here on Cloud 9
    I’m riding high on Cloud 9

    You’re as free as a bird in flight
    There’s no diff’rence between day and night
    It’s a world of love and harmony
    I’m feeling fine on Cloud 9

  • Fitting lines there, LeGall. It sure feels good to be a gooner, watching a game against Chelsea and feeling confident it won’t go against us.

    Saliba got MoTM, I think I heard the commentator say. We are flying, it must be said. All we need to do better is put games to bed early, but that will come.

  • It was going in, Saka’s corner. Gabriel merely made sure of it. On a day he wasn’t looking himself, Saka still managed to get involved in the goal.

    Xhaka, Partey, White and GJ9 were really good today. Great team win.

  • Yes LeG, GJ fluffed his lines but he does so many other good things.

    Chelsea going forward are punchless but defensively they were organised and we had to work hard to open them up, hence the snatched opportunities to score, I think Ben White should have scored, but another scuffed shot.

    Ramsdale had probably his quietest afternoon of the season.

    Newcastle are looking a really dangerously proposition, Eddie Howe is showing his coaching quality, no doubt.

  • Newcastle are looking like a wild card team for this season. To be honest, they will hold their own against any side. Eddie Howe has really done well here. They are up to 3rd, awaiting the result with Spurs playing Liverpool.

    Villa beating United 3-1 just sums up this season for me. Unai Emery is off to a good start.

  • Eris as usual I agree with your list of standout performers, and I have Saliba just above them as my most impressive today.

  • A win at the Bridge, a bit of the Temptations (thanks LeG), and the Beatles as our canine friend watches the sun set on Conte’s and Ten Haag’s mobs. This New Zealand morning is off to a fine start, gentlemen.
    It wasn’t the Gabriel you predicted to score, Total but our big Brazilian is the Meister at corners.
    KT had a big game in the week so I wasn’t surprised to see our Ukrainian start. How blessed we are for full backs.
    We have enjoyed a lot of success at the Bridge over the years (despite a poor record when Mourinho was in the opposite dug out) but I don’t think I have ever seen our boys smother a Chelsea team as they did today. Smothered, starved and suffocated. And no one more than eight touch Auba.
    Sun, sun, sun, here it comes…

    GN5, so gladdened to read your news in the last post.

  • Marquinhos played left-wing in the Stiffs today, they beat Everton 3-1 with Marquinhos scoring.

    Could just be a one-off but maybe the coaches are looking to see if he can understudy Martinelli, with Reiss understudying Saka, might be a plan?

    I’ll be going Wednesday so hopefullya youngster or two in the squad…

  • Kev, I sincerely hope that is the master plan all along.
    We could focus our efforts and funds to the midfield reinforcements (Rice, SMS, Neves) if we can cover the wingers with our young players.
    And who knows, maybe after 2-3 years when Elneny, Partey and Xhaka retire, we might promote Patino, Azeez or Lewis-Skelly

  • Good morning Gooners what a wonderful Monday morning it feels. Iam back in India this weekend and my quest for dodgy streams are over for watching my beloved Arsenal. What a game it was to watch peacefully on a big screen in the comforts of my home. A Unai masterclass and Salah finishing class made it an enjoyable Sunday night. We are on top fo the table and beating Chelsea the way we did at the Bridge was pure joy. I don’t think Ramsdale made a save the whole game. If not mistaken Chelsea had one shot on Target the whole game.
    I had my doubts on Arteta, but boy is he showing himself to be one of the top young managers around. In Arteta we trust should be our lines from now on. Eddie Howe is not doing too bad either. Win against the Wolves this weekend and then get couple of signings in Jan we really can give the ManC a run for their money. COYG

  • As others have already said, a great and dominant win. They were scared of us and played on the break. It really tells us how far Arsenal have come under MA.

    Enjoyed reading your comments, guys.

  • I am still amazed by how Chavs failed to properly test our defense.

    Our lads were brilliant in all areas, and had they fed the pass in the final third better we would have beaten them with 2 or 3 goals.

    So much good work and so much more that the lads can do.

    One game at a time lads…

  • Morning all, that was a perfect weekend for Arsenal, it’s great to watch our team develop. The games against Man C will be our true proving ground.
    Here are the results from the weekend I suspended our competition.

    For the weekend:-

    1st OX10, Stuart & Le Gall with 2/6 plus one correct score = 4 points
    4th Madhu with 3/6 = 3 points
    5th Total, Eris & Kev with 2/6 = 2 points
    8th GN5 with 0/6
    Season to date:-
    1st Kev – 55.80
    2nd OX10 – 54.80
    3rd Total – 42.30
    4th Eris – 41.13
    5th Stuart – 41.00
    6th Madhu – 37.80
    7th GN5 – 33.33
    8th Le Gall – 31.80
    6th Madhu 37.80

  • Here are my selections for this weekend:-

    AFC Bournemouth v Everton
    Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United
    Nottingham Forest v Crystal Palace *
    Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal *
    Fulham v Manchester United
    Bayer 04 Leverkusen v VfB Stuttgart *

    This will be our last Premiership games for a few weeks, I’ll see what other games I can find for next weekend.

  • AFC Bournemouth v Everton A
    Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United H
    Nottingham Forest v Crystal Palace * 0-2
    Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal * 0-2
    Fulham v Manchester United H
    Bayer 04 Leverkusen v VfB Stuttgart * 1-0

  • Ooops I omitted giving Madhu 4 points for the most correct selections in the last weekend results – so his season to date score is now 41.80 points.

  • Yes, Total. I have been following the BBC stories of World Cup legends. Cruyff’s followed those of Zidane, Pele and Maradona. I love the aspect of the Maradona article about Steve Hodge being the only England player willing to shake hands and trade shirts with the “cheating genius” after the quarter final loss in 1986. The pain of that defeat must have been substantially negated by Hodges sale of that number 10 shirt in May of this year for 7.1 million quid! There is a life lesson in there somewhere…

    Thanks GN5. Good to see you back in the saddle, mate.
    AFC Bournemouth v Everton D
    Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United H
    Nottingham Forest v Crystal Palace * 1-2
    Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal * 0-2
    Fulham v Manchester United A
    Bayer 04 Leverkusen v VfB Stuttgart * 1-1

  • Thanks Stuart, I’m still in partial rest mode but I feel well enough to spend a few hour in front of the computer. I still have a couple of hurdles before I get the all clear – but I’m feeling well and positive.

  • AFC Bournemouth v Everton A
    Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United H
    Nottingham Forest v Crystal Palace * 1-2
    Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal * 0-3
    Fulham v Manchester United D
    Bayer 04 Leverkusen v VfB Stuttgart * 3-1

    Thanks GN5. Glad to have the competition back. Hope you will go from strength to strength 💪

  • Good to have you back GN5

    AFC Bournemouth v Everton D
    Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United D
    Nottingham Forest v Crystal Palace * 0-2
    Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal * 0-1
    Fulham v Manchester United H
    Bayer 04 Leverkusen v VfB Stuttgart * 2-0

  • With all the Premier League teams playing two games this week and given that Man City always take the League Cup seriously, as their recent record shows and that Arteta tends to shadow Pep, I reckon we could see a very strong team out tomorrow maybe close to full strength.

  • Can any of you gentlemen recommend a good stream for tomorrows game v Brighton. None of our platforms in NZ are showing it.

    T20 NZ v Pakistan semi final this evening (The Dutch did us a big favour knocking out the Aussies), Rugby League WC semi v Australia on Saturday morning. Rugby WC final v England on Saturday evening. Big week for NZ sport.

  • Kev, I didn’t want to be the first to write it, since you had shared your hopes of seeing some of our youngsters get the nod tomorrow night, but yes I do believe what you’ll get will be the exact same starting XI as last sunday’s at the Bridge.
    Maybe, just maybe … MA might do a favour to Tite and bring on Reiss/Eddie,so as to limit the risks of injury for our 2 Seleçao graduates to the game at Molineux – but I certainly wouldn’t bet much on it.
    Stu, I don’t have a subscription for the EL games, but I could watch all of them there:
    (I don’t have a subscrition for Ligue 1 games either, this is also where I’ve been able to watch Folarin play so far). Hope it’ll work out just fine for you!

    Lastly, GN – how great it is to have you back! Here are my predictions:
    AFC Bournemouth Everton D
    Tottenham Hotspur Leeds United D
    Nottingham Forest 0 Crystal Palace 2
    Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Arsenal 3
    Fulham Manchester United A
    Bayer 04 Leverkusen 4 VfB Stuttgart 1

  • On my way back to the Netherlands. Back to be with my mum who is now in a hospice. Hoping for more invaluable time together.

    Re tomorrow, I expect changes.

    Soares, Hold, Big Gab, Tiern
    Elneny, Zinch
    Nelson, Ode, Eddie

    Big boys to maybe play half an hour if required.

  • Thanks LeG. Looks like the game is not being televised anywhere in the world. Strange, as it is one of the picks of the round. I’ll have to follow the commentary on Or slum it and watch City v Chelsea.

  • Yeah LeG that did cross my mind but in Arteta’s pre-match presser he’s spoken of giving the squad players some minutes, so that’s Turner, Soares, Tierney, Holding, Lokonga, Vieira, Nelson, N’ketiah, Marquinhos maybe and that is about 9 places so maybe a couple of first teasers to make up the XI with a few more on the bench and possibly 2 or 3 youngsters?

  • The youngsters might get a run-out but it depends on the score as it always does, therefore if the seniors are doing their job and we’ve got a decent lead, say 3-0, then the juniors get on, otherwise it’s results that count I’m afraid.

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