Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp reckons that Chelsea’s only hope of getting a win against Arsenal at the Emirates stadium on Sunday will be to stop midfielder Mesut Ozil from being at the top of his game.
The German has been in inspirational form in the 2015-16 season. He had a reputation for assists before his move to Arsenal and it has only been enhanced with this season. Ozil is on course to creating a new record for the number of assists in a single campaign. Former Arsenal forward Thierry Henry holds this record, but Ozil is already up to 16 for the season.
Chelsea have improved under Guus Hiddink and the Dutchman has made the club tough to beat once again. They are unbeaten in the last five matches, but Redknapp reckons that the prospect of facing Arsenal will be a totally different proposition. As table leaders, Arsenal have immense confidence going into the match. However, teams like Stoke City have been able to get points off the gunners in the last few matches. In fact, Arsenal have had no wins in the last two league outings and this puts tremendous pressure on the team. They can reclaim top spot in the table with a win over the blues. Read more
It has been a less than halcyon campaign as far as anybody connected with Chelsea is concerned, and with a 17 point gap to close before they can even consider a flirtation with Champions League football it looks like the cup competitions are their only avenue for potential success.
And yet…..there’s a spooky symmetry at work with the 2011/12 season. It was here that the Blues finished sixth in the Premier League after a hugely inconsistent run which saw the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas (for 2015/16 read Jose Mourinho) and the temporary appointment of a ‘goodwill caretaker’ in Roberto Di Matteo (see Guus Hiddink for this year’s vintage). Read more
Lionel Messi had to miss out from the semi-finals of the Club World Cup back in December of 2015 due to a problem that he had with kidney stones and now recent medical tests have emerged which has detected and confirm that the Argentine is still suffering from this problem and he will have to go under the knife in order to help solve this issue.
Lionel Messi recently reached the 500th goal mark during the Copa del Rey match that his team played against Valencia on February 3 and the final scoreboard displayed 7-0 in favor of Luis Enrique’s team as they obliterated their opponents. The Argentine scored 3 times in this match while Suarez found the back of the net on 4 occasions. Scoring 500 goals in the entirety of his career is an accomplishment that not many players are able to reach but the Argentine superstar managed to do this at the age of 28.