It's understandable that there's trepidation going into this game today after what happened at Stamford Bridge last season. It was, frankly, an embarrassment to be taken apart like that, but as both managers pointed out in the build-up to this game, it's not as if this was the norm by any means.
A quick look at the previous few seasons show the results were 2-1 Chelsea (2013), 3-5 Arsenal (2012), 2-0 Chelsea (2010) – so even if we don't have the best record there, it's not as if we've been battered every single time.
Chelsea took the spoils in Wales yesterday afternoon in a game described by most as a non event really. Goals from Andre Schurrle and Fernando Torres ensured Chelsea avoided embarrassment against the already relegated Cardiff after Craig Bellamy's deflected effort had given our opponents the lead.
With the European Championships getting closer by the day, Reading full-back Ian Harte believes his
hopes of playing for the Republic of Ireland again are drifting away.
The 34-year-old has been a loyal servant to his country over the years, since his glory days with
Leeds United, playing football in the Champions League a decade ago.
In the end, Chelsea demolished Tottenham 5-1, though it took a series of horrible refereeing
decisions by Martin Atkinson while the game was still close to tilt what had been a largely even
game in their favour. No matter the help they received along the way, it sets up an FA Cup final in
three weeks that will see them face Liverpool for the third time this season, with a fourth match
to come between the cup final and the end of the campaign.
McLeish's needs a win as much as Dalglish...Aston Villa are the
visitors to Anfield on Saturday as the Reds look to readdress their form in the league. Dalglish's
side have only had some joy of late when they beat Everton but results against the likes of
Newcastle, QPR and Wigan have brought Liverpool back to a cruel reality.
Manchester United unsurprisingly failed to advance into the next round of Europa League after
they suffered another defeat against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday, giving the Spanish team a passage
with a convincing 5-3 aggregate.
In a rather similar fashion as United's defeat in the first leg, the scoreline was indeed rather
flattering for the English champion as they were once again outplayed by the Bilbao young guns and
could've faced an embarrassment on the night if it wasn't for the Basque's based team's poor
Dave Richards caused a bit of a stir yesterday with comments he made at a conference in Qatar. If
his controversial views were likely to cause embarrassment for the Premier League, he ensured that
he personally was even more red-faced by falling into a water fountain. The suited and booted
Premier League chairman failed to [.
Everton have turned down an improved offer from Manchester United for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini. The Daily Express claims that a Â£36m joint-bid for the pair was tabled by the champions earlier this week, but has now been rejected. The new bid valued Belgium international Fellaini at Â£23.
Andrey Arshavin's time at Arsenal has generally been a bit of an embarrassment but this might be a new low. Footage has emerged of a drunk-looking Arshavin staggering around outside a London nightclub, seemingly trying to pick a fight. It appears Arshavin wants to get back into the club to track down a fellow [.
With five games to go, 3rd place was in Arsenal's hands. It wasn't the season we'd hoped for,
but considering how badly we started, we looked like saving some dignity. Four games later, we are
looking at another typical end-of-season collapse.
Of course, it's nothing like last season, where the prize we'd lost was far greater.
Fortunately, Arsenal get an extra day of rest after their heroic efforts against AC Milan, with
a crucial Monday night fixture at home to Newcastle United.
The players were visibly exhausted by the end of Tuesday night's game at the Emirates, a match
in which they had truly given their all, but ultimately come away with nothing, saying goodbye to
the Champions League for another year.
Just knowing your parents are on Facebook is cause for embarrassment for many and things can soon toboggan down to the realms of pure rage when an errant comment backfires. Spare a thought for Ashley Cole then (we know that's easier said than done). Keeping dopey social networking gaffes in the family, Mama Cole has [.
Playing semi-pro football and taking regularly batterings on international duty doesn't give
Andorra's players much opportunity to act like prima donnas. But they managed it during the World
Cup qualifier against Hungary at the weekend, when they got to shake their heads in dismay that
their FA couldn't even play the national anthems properly.
It is an easy mistake to make. A lot is made of the father-son relationship between Roberto Mancini
and Mario Balotelli, which perhaps explains why Match of the Day reporter Damian Johnson got the
two confused on Saturday. Johnson thought he was talking to the 'son' when he was actually with the
While it was a mixed day as far as transfer deals were concerned, Tottenham did secure one of
their long term targets as French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made the move from Lyon to a life at White
At a Â£12m fee and with 38 international caps to his name, Lloris sounds like a perfect long
term replacement between the posts but Andre Villas-Boas maintains that Brad Friedel is still his
Every week the New England Soccer Today crew will look beyond the standings to rank each of
the 19 Major League Soccer (MLS) teams. This week Brian O'Connell and Sean Donahue contributed
rankings. Comments are followed by the ranker's name and the rank they gave that team.
On Tuesday, the New England Revolution will kick off their 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
campaign in Pennsylvania's capital against the Harrisburg City Islanders. For the Revs, it's a
chance to finally make another run at the Open Cup Trophy after four years of disappointment.
Did anyone watch the USA U-23 match last night? Ugly stuff, that. Almost puts a damper on the
spirits after this past weekend's New England Revolution win. Predictably, Monday passed
uneventfully in the Revs' world, but the beautiful game marches on, and so does the news! For that
reason, we continue with the Rounds.
Maybe not a marquee signing but still a very good and very consistent player, Clint 'Deuce'
Dempsey found himself in the middle of a bit of a furore today after the Fenway Sports Group, who
own Liverpool, stated on their website that the American attacker had joined Reds (see above).
Liverpool FC departed for their North American pre-season tour today, but not before challenging
Glen Johnson to name as many US and Canadian sports teams as he could in 60 seconds. The Liverpool
official site says the right back is a "big fan of American sports", but his failure to name some
of the more famous franchises suggests otherwise.
Tomorrow's match between the Sounders and Colorado Rapids is ripe with the kind of drama that
catches national attention and it's no surprise that NBC dispatched Arlo White and crew to
broadcast this one.
Sigi has been coy about the availability of Steve Zakuani, who had a tantalizing appearance on
the bench versus Sporting Kansas City but has not appeared on a gameday roster since.
If Manchester United get a better result than City at the weekend, they will retain the title.
Chances of this happening are unlikely though, considering City have QPR at home and United have
What works in our favour is that QPR are fighting a relegation battle so will be desperate for
even one point.
Losing their first Euro 2012 match to co-host nation Ukraine was an embarrassment for Sweden and
while they've taken a beating from the press in the days since, it appears they've also taken a
beating from themselves. Video of the team trying to keep the mood light in training by firing
shots at backup keeper Johan Wiland's exposed rear was released by Swedish paper Expressen and now
it's causing the players more problems.
Matchday five saw an already strong tournament hit new heights when Russia faced off against
hosts Poland, and with Group B afterthoughts Denmark and Portugal fighting for a realistic
opportunity to advance while the Netherlands need a win against Germany to keep hope alive after
stumbling in the opener, day six promises its share of captivating moments.
That was it for the pre-Euro 2012 period. It is now showtime. Please do us proud, you Blues. You
France talking points, in order:
At least approximate order:
1. Florent Malouda â€“ This is a story of a deeply troubled individual: Florent Malouda.
Unbeknownst to those of us who watch France on a regular basis (and by that, I mean those of us who
haven't missed a match in the last 10 years or so), unbeknownst to us, we have a great player in
We've made excuses for his hastiness in the past, but the time has come to lay some blame at the
feet of our impatient owner. More, after the jump:
Well Hello There
It's been, to put it bluntly, a horrible six weeks for Chelsea. Results have been hard to come
by, performances have waned, and speculation regarding the safety of Andre's job spiraled into some
black hole of will-he will-he-not get the sack.
What an embarrassment the big screen at the Leazes End of the ground became unsteady before the game and the opening of the turnstiles has been delayed. It looks like it has to be taken down for safety reasons and the latest we hear is the game will not kick off at 4:00pm. This [...]
The Gunners travel to Manchester with memories of last years embarrassment in the back of their mind, last seasons match at Old Trafford was one to forget for Arsene Wenger whose team was outplayed at the Theatre of Dreams. The result, 8-2 in United's favour, was a shocker for both sets of fans. United fans [.
A first half that showed spark and offensive flow as Chelsea beat the Seattle Sounders 4-2. All
six goals were finished in that half, while the second half was full of waves of subs for both
sides. Both Fredy Montero and Romelu Lukaku slotted two home, while Marko Marin earned a goal and
assist. Chelsea's other goal was from signee Eden Hazard.
All is quiet on the expansion front with no new team set to join the league in 2013.Â
Nevertheless, there are a number of potential expansion candidates waiting in the wings.Â Last
week, the Minnesota legislature voted in a stadium bill to keep the Vikings in Minnesota.Â The
stadium project is expected to cost almost a billion dollars.
Ronaldinho threw a birthday party over the weekend at his mansion in Barra da
Tijuca, which is quite typical of the Brazilian star since he arrived back at home last
year. Brazil's "O Dia" reported the fact that two women were thrown out of the party
(which ended at 7am the next day) for talking loudly and subsequently throwing punches at one
So this is where we pick up the pieces and attempt to move forward. Prepare yourselves to be
amazed at how well we can play when our merry band of egotistical misfits decide to show up. More,
after the jump: