LITESPORT London Lite Monday, 21 September 2009 43 WITHOUT DROGBA ing: I dont know if Tottenham should have had a penalty, I am not a referee. It was very important to win this game. It was a derby and we played well against a very good team. Ancelotti watched Manchester Unit- eds 4-3 win over rivals City before Chelseas game and said: It was a fan- tastic game, unbelievable, but in Eng- land there are matches of this kind. But I am only interested in Chelsea playing well and winning. MichaelBallack,whoscoredChelseas secondafterAshleyColesdivingopener, said: We changed the system under Ancelotti which gives us more posses- sion and makes the game feel a little bit more comfortable. ROBIN VAN PERSIE today insisted he feels no extra pressure in the wake of Emmanuel Adebayors departure to carry Arsenals goalscoring burden this season. The Gunners failed to bring in a striker this summer and manager Arsene Wenger has adopted a new 4-3-3 formation with Van Persie as the focal point of the attack. Saturdays 4-0 victory over Wigan continued the trend of goals being shared around the side with Van Persie again missing out but the Dutchman admits he is still adapting to his new role and he believes the team are showing enough to suggest they can embark on a long unbeaten run with some favourable fixtures ahead. He said: The way we are doing it now is that everyone is sharing the goals. Im quite happy with that but I should score more personally, especially against Wigan. But as long as we share the goals and everyone is passing it at the right moment, I am happy. But I dont feel that Im at the top of my game as a main striker yet. I have to improve on many things but it is quite new and the main thing is that the boss really backs me on this one. He really thinks I can succeed as he has a lot of trust in me. The demands on Van Persie will be significantly reduced for as long as Thomas Vermaelen continues his remarkable start to life at Arsenal. The 10m signing from Ajax scored twice against the Latics to take his tally to four no Arsenal player has netted more and Van Persie said: I would have been proud of his second. Why Robins keeping his eye on the Van in front Here Wig-o: Van Persie leaves Wigans Hendry Thomas on his backside in Saturdays 4-0 win BY GEOFF TEATHER Injuries leave loser Harry defenceless SPURS boss Harry Redknapp is facing a defensive crisis after losing Ledley King and Sebastien Bassong during the 3-0 defeat to at Chelsea yesterday. King suffered a hamstring injury, then Bassong left the field with concussion after falling awkwardly with Nicolas Anelka. Spurs are already without injured central defenders Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson. Redknapp said: Ledley has done his hamstring If you dont train you cant just go out and play without doing hamstrings or calves. Bassong doesnt look too good, either. He got a bang on the head, and his eyes all swollen up. It doesnt look too clever at all. The doctor took him to hospital with concussion. Whiplash: Bassong lands heavily after tangling with Anelka index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html