I can fancy Chelsea beating the Citizens, but I think it will be a draw.
Mertesacker is a good defender. Vermaelen is the worst of them for me, the media still seem to rate him for some reason but I don't.
The thing with Vermaelen is that he looks better as a LB these days, and I would actually fancy him as a DM than a CB. As with many players, Vermaelen has reached that "great player" level in the eyes of the media, so no matter how awful he plays, he won't be attacked. If Mertesacker had made the howler against United at Old Trafford that resulted in the van Persie goal, Per's height would have become reminiscent of Perman!
Originally Posted by Expectnomercy316
I may be stating the obvious here but something's defo not right behind the scenes at Arsenal. Wenger and Bould don't talk to each other at all during a game. It actually looks like they don't like one and other. At the end of the game they shook hands with each like opposition managers who do it cos they have to. And when Arsenal scored their 2nd some of the players on the bench didnt react at all. Ox-Chamberlain looked depressed.
I saw that picture you're getting this from, but apparently, it's only the case of bad timing of the shot.
As for Wenger and Bould, well, if they don't like each other then I'm sure Bould won't last longer than this season. I won't be surprised because Bould is a defensive coach and in Wenger's world there is no such thing called as defense. I have never seen a Wenger team park the bus in my life. We went slightly defensive for the FA Cup Final in 2005 and the CL KO first leg against Barca in 2011. That's all.
I think SB isn't getting to drill the team as much as he wished because Wenger believes in attack only. That somehow has shifted to Gunners as well. Usually, Wenger doesn't give a look at who plays behind the front man and the trio behind (4-2-3-1). I see no reason why Wilshere should be used as a CAM when we have NO DM. But... Everybody seems to want Wilshere to play as the attacking midfield player--despite our lightweight midfield issues.