London: Chelsea captain John Terry’s notoriously thick skin will be put to the test again when the Premier League leaders play Arsenal on Saturday, the European champions’ first big game of the season according to teammate Branislav Ivanovic.
Hardly an encouraging way to prepare for the trip to The Emirates to play Arsenal, although the obdurate Terry has proved in the past that he can put off-field distractions out of his mind and concentrate on the job in hand. He shrugged off the extra attention when he featured in Chelsea’s 6-0 League Cup romp on Tuesday against Wolverhampton Wanderers, but Arsenal will provide a bigger test of the defender’s, and his teammates’ resolve.
Manchester United have also failed to hit the heights but have moved into second place behind Chelsea with slowly improving Spurs the visitors to Old Trafford for Saturday’s late kick-off. United received a boost when Wayne Rooney made an impressive return to action in the 2-1 League Cup victory over Newcastle.
Tottenham, who eased into the last 16 of the League Cup with a 3-0 win at Carlisle United, are unbeaten since the opening day of the season but have not won at Old Trafford since 1989.