Chelsea showdown: Good news from Wenger

Last time fans wanted to greet Cashley Cole with these bank notes
Arsene Wenger is optimistic that the midfield trio of Cesc, Hleb, and Flamini may well be fit to play Sunday’s match against Chelsea. All three players have been training and with RVP playing Steaua Bucharest midweek, we might have the luxury of a full compliment of starters for a long time. Theo Walcott will not be available because of a knee strain picked up in the Bucharest game.
Wenger also appealed to fans not to take their anger out against Ashley Cole who will be making his first return since leaving Arsenal acrimoniously in August 2006. The focus should be supporting the club and remembering Cole’s contribution. Well, I think the circumstances in which he left would be enough for the drying up of any goodwill. To add insult to injury he then snitched on Wenger in his book. So I think Cole is fair game for any sort of reception that he might get short of bodily injury.
Betting odds are mixed as Boylesports puts Arsenal at 8/5 favourites to beat Chelsea and Ladbrokes offers a 9/4 in favour of Chelsea. In 15 games at Arsenal, Chelsea have only one once, drawn five, and lost nine. The return of the midfield trio will increase Arsenal’s chances and the odds will be redrawn once Wenger announces his lineup. Chelsea will be without Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack, and the indefatigable Michael Essien.
Ray Houghton gives Arsenal a 4/1 odds to win with Adebayor scoring the winning goal. He also expects Liverpool to win which would be nice for the Gunners who would like a bit of separation at this stage from Man Utd in points.

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3 comments on “Chelsea showdown: Good news from Wenger
  1. Almunia will be a known goalkeeper in the near future. It would have been better had he been placed last season instead of erratic performance of The German goal keeper that killed many Arsenal golden chances which supporters never forget it. Again Adebayor is still placed to resume his missing habits. We are alwayes worried the lax in the manager conserning him.

  2. That picture is fantastic. I’ve always had mixed opinions about Cole. I feel like since he’s left Chelsea he’s not been as good, and he seems to have become lazy for both club and country.
    By the way Roy, being an Arsenal fan, do you remember when the rumors of Cole being gay started? I totally missed that and can’t figure how or why it started.
    As for tomorrow, I think both Chelsea and Liverpool will try to stop the game from opening up at all. It’s in their hands really.

  3. Andrew
    It was a tape that came out early last year reportedly of two Premiership players involved in an orgy with a well known musician. At that time it was alleged that one of them was Ashley Cole although he was never specifically named. Cole sued the publications and won a pretty tidy sum.
    He is a very good player but I think he just blew it by being too mercenary. And with Gael Clichy stepping in admirably he is not missed much at the Emirates.

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