Chelsea Win (Another Gomes Howler), Now Arsenal Must to Set Up Historic Match [VIDEO]

UPDATE: CHELSEA HAVE BEATEN SPURS 2-1, SCORING TWO GOALS THAT NEVER SHOULD HAVE COUNTED.  THEIR FIRST WAS AIDED BY ANOTHER IN A LONG LINE OF GOMES HOWLERS IN NET FOR SPURS.  IF SPURS ARE TO BE A CONSISTENTLY CONTENDING SIDE, THIS GENTLEMAN CAN’T BE THEIR KEEPER.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GdUVlA4DVaQ

Pardon me if I’m not the type of Premier League football supporter that gets excited about watching low-level clubs battle against the fierce forces of relegation.  To be honest, what are the Wigans and Wolves of the world providing with the exception of a punching bag for the top-table teams?  As an American sports fan I am interested in the teams competing for the titles, teams competing for a place in the Champions League and the performances of American players (Dempsey, Howard, Holden, Bradley) in the league.

So as the EPL kicks off this weekend, I’ll be pulling hard for a couple sides (Chelsea, Arsenal) I have literally never pulled for before.  I have always been of the anyone-but-the-big-club mindset, leaning toward supporting mid-table stalwarts like Villa, Everton and Fulham.  (Being a Chicago Bears diehard, this has always felt natural.)  If Chelsea can beat Spurs at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal take down United at Emirates, Chelsea would travel to Old Trafford next Sunday trailing the Red Devils by only three points.  It would be an absolute epic.

Think I’m nuts?  Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelloti does not:

“We want to keep the Premier League open until the last minute and have the possibility to do this,” the Chelsea manager said. “We have to beat Manchester United and Tottenham but this is our aim. Maybe Manchester United will win the title but we want to fight to the last minute.”

“I know that Manchester United has experience and tradition and history to manage that pressure but for us it could be good. I remember when losing against Manchester United at the end of the first half [in the league game at Stamford Bridge] the gap was 18 points, To be three [points] behind would be fantastic.”

Even Sir Alex was focused on Chelsea, prior to United’s win against Everton:

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