Chelsea are out of the Champions League after a comprehensive defeat to Inter Milan.
It’s a massive result for Arsenal for two reasons.
One, it removes an opponent that has already beaten us twice this season from the competition and two, because it has the psychological potential to derail Chelsea’s Premier League campaign.
John Terry’s deranged reaction at the end of the match was typical of Chelsea’s obsession of becoming European champions. Every manager since Jose Mourinho has been hired to win the Champions League and every one of them has failed.
Roman Abramovich won’t be happy. Carlo Ancelotti will be worried. The players will be devastated.
Playing well after a Champions League game, let alone one as disappointing as this, is never an easy task. But what is even worse for Chelsea (and quite excellent for Arsenal) is that they face a bruising encounter with Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn, a team that has won its last four home games.
I think they will drop points and if they do I feel they will go on and fall out of the title race.
This weekend is also a big one for our other title challenger, Manchester United, who host Liverpool at Old Trafford.
United have the advantage of a week off but the FA’s unexplainable decision not to suspend Steven Gerrard for elbowing Michael Brown will be a huge boost for the away side.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are probably catching Liverpool at the worst possible time: still hanging onto to realistic hopes of finishing fourth and just recorded their first three-goal win since thumping Hull City 6-1 last September.
It could be a very good weekend for the Arsenal if we take three points off West Ham at The Emirates.
Thankfully everything suggests we will.
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