By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Emirates Stadium/January 24, 2017 This is the final round of our rivalry with Arsene Wenger’s team for this season and it couldn’t have been better set up with a place in the final of the Carabao Cup up for grabs. Antonio Conte will be aiming to improve his record against […]

By, Aldemaro Narvaez “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War My brother, Alfredo, and I are separated by 14 months and very little else.  We grew up close. Went to the same elementary (primary) school, high (secondary) school, […]

Back to the bridge now for the fourth instalment of the Chelsea-Arsenal derby this season. The occasion this time, the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.

Bristol City played well in the other semi-final, but failed to upset Manchester City at the Etihad. If there was going to be a surprise at Stamford Bridge, it would be one of the teams actually winning the game – every time Chelsea and Arsenal have met this season, once in the Community Shield (1 – 1), twice in the league (0 – 0 & 2 – 2), it’s ended up a draw.

Another weird Chelsea-Arsenal 2017/18 fact – it’s been a pretty good fixture for full backs. Four of the six goals in their games so far this season were scored by full backs: Victor Moses, Sead Kolasinac, Marcos Alonso and Hector Bellerin. […]

By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Stamford Bridge/January 10, 2017   This is the second installment of what’s going to be a triple header between Chelsea and Arsenal following the 2-2 Premier League draw at the Emirates Stadium last Wednesday. Both Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte certainly had this game on their minds while submitting their […]

Arsenal were down in sixth place, seven points behind Chelsea in third, six points behind Liverpool in the last Champions League spot – this particular derby was a must win game for them.

The game started at a relatively moderate pace, and Chelsea had the better early chances. But after referee Anthony Taylor wrongly gave a free kick for a Lacazette dive off a Kante tackle, the Arsenal players seemed to gain confidence and started ripping into their visitors at pace.

Chelsea responded with their own counterattacks, and the game devolved into an attacking free-for-all, with both sides creating brilliant chances, and only failing to score in the first half due to the dazzling form of their goalkeepers. Or in Chelsea’s case, finishing so weak, it made you scratch your head. […]

By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood)     Emirates Stadium/January 3, 2017 Happy New Year Folks! 2017 couldn’t have ended on a sweeter note for anybody associated with Chelsea Football Club than with a sweet 5-0 victory over an unusually subdued Stoke City side but as is customary in the Premier League, especially during the festive […]

The derby between Chelsea and Arsenal has grown in significance in recent years, both because it’s now a clash between the two biggest football clubs in London, and because in recent times this fixture has thrown up some pretty interesting results.

Chelsea were completely dominant in the Jose Mourinho years, but Arsenal have won three of the four games between them since Antonio Conte took over as Chelsea manager. […]

By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood)   Stamford Bridge/September 17, 2017   First of all, let me use this opportunity to apologise for not doing the preview for our midweek Champions’ League game against Qarabag. It was because I had very little information about the Azerbaijani team (not even Google could help in that regard) and […]

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By, Ugo Nwogwugwu Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea (Arsenal win the penalty shootout 4-1) In the weeks leading up to the 2017 Community Shield clash between Arsenal and Chelsea, the media focus had not been on the clubs’ pre-season preparations, but on one of the craziest transfer windows in football history. Both this fixture’s competitors broke their […]