José can extend record over visually impaired one

I’VE HAD to listen to a lot of bitching from United fans about the fact that Chelsea didn’t have to play this week and how unfair it all was as we’ve had a rest.

Really? You think Chelsea fans want to face the prospect of the possibility of being nine points behind before we kick another ball in the Premiership? It was bloody annoying for Newcastle to conspire to get their league game against us moved, only then to put out a reserve side in Europe — cheers for that. Bet their travelling support will be chuffed at a midweek 500 mile round trip, not that they often travel in vast numbers to Chelsea anyway.

The “Toon Army” should be re-named the “Toon Platoon” when visiting Stamford Bridge.

So JT has been charged by the FA — am I surprised? Of course not. They claim that Terry called into question the integrity of a match official. No he didn’t! He called into question the integrity of Graham Poll. Even the clinically insane cannot really take Poll seriously in his official capacity. His display in the North London derby last weekend was just the latest debacle in his spotlight seeking “career.”

Remember this is the same man that booked a player three times in one match, at the World Cup Finals, where not only the players are meant to be the elite, but the officials too. The FA undermine their credibility (what little they have left) by allowing this individual to constantly get off scot-free with inept performances, yet charging a player who’s crime was to say publicly that Poll had given him two different reasons for his second yellow card. What a waste of everyone’s time. Especially as we know that Poll will make an arse of himself in the next high profile game.

So Arsenal this weekend. I never call the big games as I invariably get the result wrong. What do we know? Well, Arsenal have been inconsistent to say the least (how good it is to say that as a Chelsea fan about Arsenal). Even their “resounding” win over Tottenham was largely engineered by Graham Poll’s incompetency and Tottenham playing like a pub-team. But Arsenal do go forward persistently — more than us I’d say, so our make-shift defence (make-shift because the right-back position is still a problem) better be ready.

José doesn’t like Wenger and will be aiming to continue his very good record against the visually impaired one. For his part, I imagine that Le Prof is even more desperate to prove his ongoing credentials to a world which is beginning to suspect that his time may be up. Even Arsenal’s “loyal” band of followers were queuing up on the talk shows to give their “expert” opinion that Wenger had taken them as far as he could.

The thing about Arsenal is that they have never replaced Patrick Vieira. Wenger is an avid collector of young, technically-gifted, lanky players but they haven’t got a “hard man” anywhere in their line-up and I think it has cost them on a number of occasions this season. But then have we sacrificed the beautiful game for “effective” football; and more importantly when the beautiful and the strong come directly head to head — who will triumph? I suppose we’ll know come this Sunday evening.

The other “issue” which will add another edge to this game is one William Gallas — Judas extraordinaire!! Poor old Willie had been banging on to anyone that will listen that Chelsea failed to show him “respect” by giving his shirt number to Michael Ballack and that this contributed to him leaving.

You have to feel sorry for him, just a couple of months at Arsenal and he already seems to have a patchy memory to complement Wenger’s patchy eyesight and Arsenal’s patchy English youth policy. Ballack was initially told he could not have the No 13 shirt because it belonged to Gallas. But when the sulky Frenchman failed to turn up for the pre-season tour despite overtures from José the shirt was given away.

We are not a forgiving bunch at Stamford Bridge and I imagine he will not be given the easiest of rides on Sunday should he appear. Chelsea fans supported him beyond the call of duty and only when the threats to throw a game or score an own goal came to light did the penny drop for most of us. As an aside — I see that he STILL hasn’t taken any legal action over these damaging claims. I wonder why ...

Who was it that said Arsenal supporters are pseudo-intellectual, spiky-haired, gobshites who take themselves too seriously? It was me actually, but that was before I discovered how wacky and funny they really are. Guess what they have planned for their visit to the sophisticated side of London? Inflatable mobile phones. Hilarious eh? Ashley can, of course, respond by simply continuing to play the way he has in the last couple of games where we are seeing what made him such a fans favourite at Arsenal and his form seems to be improving game by game. Good job, too, as the games come thick and fast in December and we will need every player to deliver as, contrary to public opinion, we have one of the smaller squads in the Premiership.

I imagine it will be strengthened somewhat in the January transfer window and I bet every club in Europe is on red alert with the “multiply” button on their calculators at the ready, while hoping and praying for Chelsea interest in their players. Anyone with a half decent right-back should be under starters orders. That means you Stuart Pearce.

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