December 2, 2008

Mikel laments Arsenal defeat

Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi, on Sunday said his team’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in their Premier League match in London was painful but not enough to stop the Blues from winning the title.

Speaking with our correspondent after the match, the Super Eagles star said the Gunners won because they took their chances in the encounter, lamenting his team’s poor performance.

He said, “Football can be funny. We did our best but Arsenal got the goals and that was it. We are going to fight back and work hard to ensure we win the league this time because we have a good team that can achieve that for Chelsea.

“We still have many games to play and it is obvious plenty of drama awaits all the title contenders as we move on.”

Chelsea manager, Felipe Scolari, was forced to replace Mikel with Florent Malouda with 20 minutes to go in a bid to force an equaliser.

The Blues, who had not been beaten at home in the league for 86 games before its 1-0 defeat to Liverpool on October 26, have now lost two of their last four Premier League ties at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea was the only side in English professional football not to have conceded a second-half goal in a league game this season before Robin van Persie’s brace helped Arsenal beat its London rival on Sunday.

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