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Reasons not to be cheerful for Chelsea and Arsenal

By David Herman  

This should have been Chelsea’s season. They started (and ended) with an outstanding manager. They spent more than anyone else. They were not in transition but had countless players at their peak, in their late 20s (Essien, 25; J. Cole and Wright-Phillips, 26; Malouda and Terry, 27; Anelka and Lampard, 29; Drogba, 30; Ballack, 31). They only had two players under 25. Their team, assembled by Ranieri and Mourinho, were settled: seven players had played over 150 times for Chelsea, key players all through the spine of the team (Cech in goal; both centre backs, Carvalho and Terry; Lampard, J.…

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