There was plenty of banter amongst supporters of fierce rivals Chelsea and Arsenal as to who really holds the ‘Kings of London’ tag. Based on Sunday’s evidence, there is no argument as the Blues once again made easy pickings of the Gunners to record a 2-0 win despite not really hitting top gear.
If supporters debated about who is London’s best side, there really is no doubt as to who is London’s or the World’s ‘top dog’ at the moment as Arsenal’s old nemesis came back to haunt them yet again. Yes it’s the man who manager Arsene Wenger, fans and players associated with Arsenal must be having countless nightmares about, the seemingly unstoppable Didier Drogba.
The Ivory Coast hitman’s record against Wenger’s team stands at an amazing 13 goals in 13 games now. Quite simply breathtaking statistics especially considering that other top players such as Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and colleague Frank Lampard struggle to really shine when it comes to the so called ‘Big Four’ clashes.
The lead-up to the game was dominated with questions posed to Wenger as to how his side was going to stop the power of Drogba. Wenger’s response was full of confidence and surety that the forward wasn’t going to inflict similar damage caused in the past. Based on the weekend’s evidence, it proved to be another case of ‘blind faith’ in his troops from Monsieur Wenger.
The current golden boot winner looks hungrier than ever and stated a few weeks ago that he feels ‘the best I have felt for a long time’ claiming he was ‘injury-free’ for the first time in six years. In a recent interview however, Drogba backtracked on those comments saying that he is still ‘a week or two away from peak fitness’. That’s an ominous sign to Chelsea’s rivals in England and all over Europe.
Ancelotti’s men seem to have carried on from last season in terms of their record against the so-called traditional ‘Big Four’ when they went unbeaten versus Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. Worryingly for the Gunners however, their record against Chelsea now reads only two wins from their last 13 meetings. That’s a stat that must be rectified if they are to be considered serious challengers to Chelsea’s throne.
Despite the Champions’ defeat last week to Manchester City, they have now opened up a healthy cushion at the top, four points clear of Mancini’s men and more importantly, five points clear of main rivals Manchester United.
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