Arsenal v Chelsea: Let’s be Frank, it’s not the end of the world

It is an embarrassment to many Chelsea supporters that there are some who claim allegiance to The Blues that cannot wait for negative news to emerge - says David Johnstone.

David Johnstone

If, following the two successive defeats against Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, one had judged the mood of the Chelsea support by a few of the keyboard bedwetters that frequent social media, the conclusion might well have been that the world had come to an end.

It is an embarrassment to many Chelsea supporters that there are some who claim allegiance to The Blues that cannot wait for negative news to emerge in order that they cannot espouse their frankly ridiculous and inept ideas on their ‘solutions’ for the best way forward for the football club.

Were it not for both the cfcuk fanzine or indeed, helping to promote FansBet I doubt very much whether I would bother even looking at Twitter, the only social media platform that I use.

Even though many of the clowns that use Twitter aren’t even worth the words that I’m writing here, I am, nonetheless, ashamed that these people even watch Chelsea (albeit on the TV), let alone wish to be associated with the club.

Back in season 1978/1979 when Chelsea finished bottom of the First Division, they lost 27 of the 42 league matches they played and won only five and ended the campaign at the foot of the table.

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Although that scenario is extremely unlikely to be repeated anytime soon, there are some (and I admit I lean slightly towards them) who wouldn’t mind at all if Chelsea were relegated if it meant losing some of the flotsam and jetsam that follow in the wake of the club.

Arsenal will be the hosts when Chelsea fulfill their Boxing Day commitments with Frank Lampard hoping to see his men repeat the victory they enjoyed last season.

Goals from Jorginho and Tammy Abraham gave The Blues a 2-1 win in one of the most satisfying results of the 19/20 campaign.

However, the reverse fixture saw the two sides share the points with Jorginho and Cesar Azpilicueta recording and Arsenal scoring two themselves.

The last time the two sides met was in the 2020 FA Cup Final.

A game which saw a 12-man Arsenal defeated Chelsea with referee Anthony Taylor – the undoubted star of the North London team – showing remarkable restraint in waiting until the 73rd minute to reduce Frank Lampard’s men to 10 with the totally unjustified dismissal of Mateo Kovačić.

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This after a first-half strike from Christian Pulisic had given Chelsea a first-half lead but his strike was not enough to prevent The Blues eventually losing 2-1.

So far this season, Arsenal have shown some terrible form and their results have been terrible.

However, as every Chelsea supporter knows, it is games like this that their side is capable of losing. That said, I will be ‘happy’ if defeat can be avoided although, obviously, a win and three points would be far more satisfying.

As ever, I will be putting my money on a Chelsea win and I may even have a small wager on one of the defenders to hit one home for The Blues.

However, those with the ‘smart money’ may think that there’s a good chance that either David Luiz or Willian might turn up and try to ruin their former side’s Christmas.

Whatever the result and on behalf of all associated with the cfcuk Chelsea fanzine, I’ll wish you all a very Happy Christmas and hope that we can all look forward to a brighter and far happier New Year.

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About the Author

David JohnstoneLondoner David Johnstone is a home, away and European away Chelsea supporter and has missed just six matches since 2001 (although he’s quick to state there are plenty of other supporters with better attendance records than him).

He has been involved with the fanzine scene at Chelsea since around 1991 and started the ‘cfcuk’ fanzine in 1999 which was, until Mr Abramovich bought the club in 2003, named ‘Matthew Harding’s Blue And White Army’.

David was also responsible for forming both the Chelsea Supporters’ Group and the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust which are the main two bodies that represent the followers of Chelsea FC and take their concerns to those running the club.

A founder of the highly regarded Chelsea FanCast weekly podcast (but is no longer involved) and responsible for the crowd surfing banners and supporter displays that are seen in the Matthew Harding Stand at Stamford Bridge on matchday.

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