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Chelsea vs. Arsenal: open thread

Chelsea vs. Arsenal
Kickoff: 745 AM EDT
Stamford Bridge, Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, London
TV Coverage: ESPN 2,
Form: Chelsea WWWLW Arsenal LWWWW
SBN Chelsea perspective: We Ain't Got No History

Oh, it's just a London derby. If Arsenal can win this somehow, things will suddenly be feeling a whole heck of a lot better. If they lose, it was expected anyway, and it's an away loss, with the match at Emirates still to come later this season.That being said, oh my, would a win be welcome. Even a draw would be welcome. Hopefully the Chelsea left side of Mata and Cole don't run our makeshift right back ragged, if it is in fact Laurent Koscielny. He has pace, though, and is an excellent tackler in the air. Still, Chelsea will probably play through the left A LOT today.

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Chances are good I'll be running when the post goes up, so for now:

"Lineups forthcoming*".


Arsenal: Szczesny; Djourou, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Santos; Song, Arteta; Walcott, Ramsey, Gervinho; van Persie
Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Frimpong, Arshavin, Park

Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Ramires, Lampard; Sturridge, Torres, Mata
Subs: Blackman, Luiz, Romeu, Malouda, Meireles, Lukaku, Bertrand