Andre Villas-Boas decision to substitute Daniel Sturridge against Manchester United has now been cited as the turning point in the game – by removing Chelsea’s most potent threat he allowed United to come back.
Arsene Wenger must know what that feels like. His removal of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against Manchester United is said to have cost the Gunners that game.
The big fallout that may unite the two coaches is that the Daily Mail today exclusively claimed that Chelsea face a battle to keep Daniel Sturridge and Arsenal have taken significant steps towards a shock summer swoop for the forward.
Sturridge, 22, is the Blues’ top-scoring forward this season with 10 goals, but The Mail quoted sources close to claim that the player is not happy with his role as a right winger under Andre Villas-Boas.
Arsenal’s influential chief scout Steve Rowley has put the wheels in motion to effect a surprise switch.
The report stated that with the likes of Hulk and Edinson Cavani on Villas-Boas’ shopping list, Sturridge’s current wide role is likely to continue.
Instead, Arsenal and Arsene Wenger might see him as the perfect foil to Robin van Persie and a replacement for Andrei Arshavin.