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Thanks a lot, Mike Dean! Best Ref in the Land

Sometimes you just want to watch a really good football match between two of England’s most successful clubs. The rivalry between both managers was very intense to the level where the journos started making a fuss if they were going to even have a handshake. That’s how hot things are when Arsenal plays Chelsea.

The game itself promised to be a pulsating encounter and both sides did their bit to play some good football… That’s till the 44th minute when one of the most despicable players you’d ever know, Diego Costa, did what he knows best and conned the ref into showing his incompetence. When you think of the fact that it’s such an experienced ref like Mike Dean, it’s even more shocking.

Costa slapped Koscielny twice with his claws but the Frenchman decided not to unleash his inner Sergio Busquets and stood his ground. Shortly afterwards, Costa was at it again, using his head / chest to hit Koscielny and he hit the turf thanks to the momentum at which he was attacked by Costa. Nine times out of 10, that would have been a red card.

However, Gabriel wasn’t going to stand for that shit. Seeing Costa bully his teammate not once but twice, so he gave the Brazilian Spaniard a piece of his own medicine and as you’d expect from a thug-turned-footballer like Costa, he and Gabriel got involved in an altercation. The referee decides to take ‘control’ of the situation and books Costa and Gabriel for their troubles and the game was meant to go on.

Then watch Costa closely, as he continues to rile up Gabriel, telling him God knows what and when he gets close to the referee, he backs Gabriel and is stamped upon by the Brazilian that obviously wasn’t aware of his presence. Next thing, Costa the bully becomes a cry baby and goes to the ref to wail about how the Big Bad Gabriel stamps on him. He’s assisted by fellow Rent Boy, Cesc Fabregas, yes, the same Fabregas that loves Arsenal with his heart, soul and spirit to coerce the ref into brandishing a red card to Gabriel.

And that was it. The Brazilian defender that was having such a good game received his marching orders because of a fellow professional’s pathetic character and a dim-witted official’s stupidity.

Of course, it was always going to be a struggle from there but it wasn’t enough for Mr. Dean. Santi Cazorla, a player that had never received a red card in over 500+ football matches for Villarreal, Malaga and Arsenal was told to go receive an early bath for making two tackles, when a certain big-arsed Branislav Ivanovic had one yellow card despite making seven fouls in the game.

It’s shameful to see how refs continue to fuck things up in the beautiful game we enjoy watching and sadly, this trend isn’t going to stop anytime soon. Two seasons ago in the same fixture, a certain Andre Marriner sent Kieran Gibbs off for a cynical foul done by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The game is long gone and Chelsea have gotten three points off the Gunners but I’d want to give my profound thanks to Mike Dean, the best ref in the Land.


Chelsea vs. Arsenal Preview: A Managerial Rivalry Renewed

Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger aren’t the closest of buddies. They’ve exchanged a war of words with each other, they hardly exchange pleasantries and last season, Wenger went as far as shoving Mourinho when both sides clashed in Stamford Bridge last season.

After failing to best Mourinho in 12 attempts, Wenger finally got his victory, albeit in a non-competitive fixture, against his Portuguese nemesis as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s stunner was enough to make the Gunners retain the Community Shield. With five Premier League games gone so far, Arsenal and Chelsea are in contrasting forms, as the Gunners are five points away from the league leaders, Manchester City, in third place, while Chelsea has endured their worst start in three decades as Mourinho’s side has amassed a solitary win, one draw and three surprising defeats, leaving them theme floating above relegation waters.

In the Champions League in midweek, Arsenal and both Manchester clubs suffered defeats while Chelsea ran riot past a hapless Maccabi Tel Aviv side. Today, all that would count for nothing. It’s Chelsea vs Arsenal, a match that brings the city of London to a stand still as the town’s most successful clubs go head to head for bragging rights.

Arsenal has suffered a lot of defeats on this ground but the Gunners last victory came as far back as 2012 when Robin van Persie smashed in a hat-trick in a 5-3 victory.

To team news, I expect Arsene Wenger to make wholesale changes to the side that struggled in Zagreb. Petr Cech would have a game of his life as he returns to a place he once called home for 11 years in his illustrious career. Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal will return to the starting XI in the defense and with Per Mertesacker not deemed fit enough to start, we would see the Koscielny – Gabriel combo in the heart of the defense.

Francis Coquelin will replace Mikel Arteta in the holding role alongside Santi Cazorla while Aaron Ramsey will definitely come in for the Ox at the right. There would obviously be the conundrum of who’d lead the line with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott giving their manager something to think about.

It promises to be an exciting encounter.


Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea: Match Report and Player Ratings

Third preseason trophy

Arsenal 1 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 23′) – Chelsea

Match HighlightsPost-Match Press Conference

That’s the crazy thing about working offshore. One minute you’ve landed on the facility. The next, you’re working your arse off with your only breaks coming when you wanna eat but hey, it’s all about the mulla’.

Arsenal hosted Chelsea in probably the last English game I might watch live this season :'(. With me currently offshore and starting my Masters in September, watching live Premier League matches may not be in my lexicon but I’d definitely watch me some Champions League footie. :)

Arsenal’s team selection for the clash with Chelsea was a sign of some things to come in the campaign as Hector Bellerin got the nod ahead of Mathieu Debuchy and Theo Walcott starting ahead of Giroud. The Gunners got off to a rather swift start with the Ox combining with Walcott but Thibaut Courtois was on hand to make a save. Mesut Ozil was trying to make things thick in midfield but he was on the end of some rather nasty challenges from the opposition and there was even an instance when Ramires had his knee in Ozil’s mid-rift.

Arsenal finally got their breakthrough when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain latched onto a good pass from Walcott, cut inside Cesar Azpilicueta and blasted the ball past Courtois.

Courtois dives desperately to his right in an attempt to prevent Oxlade-Chamberlain's rasping drive finding the top corner of his net

Ox’s effort breezed past Courtois

Strangely, that was the Ox’s first goal for the club outside the Emirates Stadium. The lad was just too fond of scoring at home. The Ox has stated that he wants to score more goals this season and I’m hoping that he gets his wishes.

Chelsea some chances to get an equalizer but they fluffed their chances with Ramires missing a header from point blank range. He also fashioned another chance for himself when Hector Bellerin gave out the ball cheaply but his effort went wide.

In the second half, Chelsea brought on Radamel Falcao for the offside Lord, Loic Remy, but the Colombian didn’t fare any better. Chelsea mounted some intense pressure in the second half and it took some spirited defending from the Gunners to keep the Blues at bay. Oscar flighted in a free kick that was destined for the net but Petr Cech stepped up to make a great save. His aerial dominance was on show yet again and I’m sure he most have been very delighted to beat his old side.

Player Ratings


Petr Cech had a relatively untroubled game by his standards as his defense offered him great protection. 7/10

Hector Bellerin struggled in the game and almost gifted the opposition a goal with his sloppy play. A game he’d rather forget quickly. 5/10

Nacho Monreal put up another efficient performance in defense, doing his duties with minimal fuss. 7/10

Laurent Koscielny was a colossus at the back, breaking up opposition play and making vital interceptions. 8/10

Per Mertesacker had a good game at the back and he read the opposition play superbly. 7/10


Francis Coquelin worked hard in midfield and did his bit to break up the opposition attack. 7/10

Santi Cazorla was at his cunning best with his silky touches. 7/10

Mesut Ozil did okay in midfield and was on the end of some rash challenges. 7/10

Aaron Ramsey was ubiquitous in midfield and his all-action play was a pleasurable site. 8/10


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put up another great shift and scored the goal that ended Wenger’s drought against Mourinho. 8/10

Theo Walcott provided a neat assist to the Ox but he didn’t offer much in attack. 6/10


Olivier Giroud was a thorn in the flesh of the defenders but his finishing let him down. 6/10

Mikel Arteta brought some stability to the midfield. 7/10

Kieran Gibbs didn’t play enough to get a rating.

Food for thought.


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