London Lite Monday, 5 October 2009 51 OURS TO BLUES of serviceandwhenhedidgetit,fluffed his lines. The pre-match talk of the bat- tle of the centre-forwards was over as a contest well before a third contestant, Nicolas Anelka, stabbed Chelsea into the lead after latching onto the end of a Drogba cross. Liverpool offered little to suggest they would get back into the game and it was Drogba who stepped forward again to set up Florent Malouda for the second and killer goal. Joy of Cesc as his team-mates say hes back to best late strike seals the points for Chelsea ARSENAL.......6 BLACKBURN..2 CESC FABREGAS will be unstoppable this season if he continues the scintillating form he showed against Blackburn, says Theo Walcott. The Spaniard scored one and created four more as the Gunners hit Sam Allardyces men for six at the Emirates. Although Blackburn led twice, Arsenal responded with some devastatingly incisive football in which Fabregas dictated the tempo as Thomas Vermaelen, Robin van Persie, Andrey Arshavin and Walcott himself all benefited from the Spaniards vision. Substitute Nicklas Bendtner fired home a late sixth and Walcott hailed Fabregass display as evidence that the Arsenal captain is back to his best. He is fantastic to play with, Walcott said today. He will spot anything. He played the ball to me for my goal and I didnt have to break my stride. Thats how good he is. He is still so young and he has a lot of pressure on his shoulders but he is a fantastic person to learn from. It is difficult to play amazingly well throughout the whole season. He is only 22-years-old but he has been around for a very long time. He is our captain and he is doing a great job. If he plays like he did against Blackburn, no one will be able to stop him this season. Fabregas has been continually linked with a return to his former club Barcelona but after greeting his strike by kissing the Arsenal badge on his shirt, he said: I am committed to this club, it is my seventh season here. It is hard to hear people saying I am not committed or something. It was a good time to show I love this club. Arsene Wenger echoed his captains sentiment. Its the best answer to play well and to show you are happy to be where you are. Walcotts introduction as a 69th-minute substitute was his first appearance this season but England manager Fabio Capello, who was at the game, left him out of the England squad to face Ukraine and Belarus. Walcott said: At the moment I am thinking about trying to get back into the Arsenal starting line- up. and Walcott hailed Fabregass display as evidence that the Arsenal captain is back to his best. He is fantastic to play with, Walcott said today. He will spot anything. He played the ball to me for my goal and I didnt have to break my stride. Thats how good he is. He is still so young and he has a lot of pressure shoulders Arsene Wenger echoed his captains sentiment. Its the best answer to play well and to show you are happy to be where you are. Walcotts introduction as a 69th-minute substitute was his rst appearance this seasonfi but England manager Fabio Capello, who was at the game, left him out of the England squad to face Ukraine and Belarus. Walcott said: At the moment I am thinking about trying to get back into the Arsenal starting line- up. CrouchshowshesaJackofalltrades For Petes sake: Crouch is desperate to keep his England place Score roar: Theo Walcott celebrates Arsenals fifth LITESPORTLITESPORT Sealed with a kiss: Fabregas does that badge thing after scoring PREMIER LEAGUE P W D L F A PTS CHELSEA 8 7 0 1 18 6 21 MANUTD 8 6 1 1 19 8 19 TOTTENHAM 8 5 1 2 19 12 16 ARSENAL 7 5 0 2 24 10 15 LIVERPOOL 8 5 0 3 22 12 15 MANCITY 6 5 0 1 14 7 15 SUNDERLAND 8 4 1 3 16 13 13 ASTONVILLA 6 4 0 2 9 5 12 BURNLEY 8 4 0 4 7 16 12 EVERTON 7 3 1 3 9 11 10 STOKE 8 2 3 3 6 10 9 WIGAN 8 3 0 5 8 15 9 BOLTON 7 2 2 3 10 11 8 BIRMINGHAM 8 2 1 5 5 8 7 FULHAM 7 2 1 4 6 10 7 BLACKBURN 7 2 1 4 8 15 7 WOLVES 8 2 1 5 7 14 7 HULL 8 2 1 5 8 20 7 WESTHAM 7 1 2 4 8 11 5 PORTSMOUTH 8 1 0 7 4 13 3 PETER CROUCH is hoping size does matter when Fabio Capello comes to naming his England squad for next summers World Cup. The 28-year-old striker is best known for his goalscoring prowess, and his robot dance celebration, but hopes his ability to help combat set-pieces at the other end will act in his favour come the final reckoning. The former Liverpool striker, along with teammate Aaron Lennon, have been named in a 24-man England squad for the remaining World Cup Qualifiers against Ukraine and Belarus. Fabio Capellos men travel to Dnipropetrovsk to face Ukraine next Saturday before returning to Wembley to round-off the qualification campaign against Belarus the following Wednesday. Crouch set up a goal and also hit the bar in Saturdays entertaining 2-2 draw at Bolton, but was equally important in his own penalty area. Crouch said: It was a difficult environment but I am sure Fabio would have appreciated that half my work was on the defensive side. It is not always easy to influence the game at the other end of the pitch when you come to the Reebok. Hopefully, I have done enough to stay in his thoughts but there is a real bundle going on for England places. Crouchs battle with Boltons Gary Cahill was one of the most intriguing factors of Saturdays match, and the beanpole forward is tipping his one-time Aston Villa colleague to be part of Capellos set-up before too long. He said: I played with Gary when he was coming through the ranks as a kid at Villa and for me he is a fantastic centre-half with all the tools. He is still young and if he bides his time he is good enough to be part of the England set-up for a long time. 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.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html