Welcome to a new feature on Arsenal.com - Talking Heads.

Before and after every first-team fixture our MatchDay Show team - and an Arsenal blogger - will have their say on the match.

Arsenal took on Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday and our Talking Heads for this game were Dan Roebuck, Martin Hayes and Andrew Mangan from Arseblog.

Read on for their post-match thoughts and recap what they said before the game.

Dan Roebuck - Arsenal Live

Wow! What a game that was. I feared the worse in the first five minutes when Chelsea found acres of space in behind Djourou and Santos but it soon became clear that Arsenal could do just as much damage at the other end. Walcott, Gervinho and of course Van Persie were all dangerous while Ramsey is growing in stature with every game. For the third straight league game Arsenal barely conceded a chance in the second half so Arsène Wenger must be getting his message across at half-time. Santos and Djourou improved after the break and Koscielny was outstanding throughout. This was the 'marquee' win Arsenal needed to boost their self-belief and I'm just so glad I had that tenner on a 5-3 away win just before kick-off. If only!

A month ago a trip to Stamford Bridge would have seemed pretty daunting but Arsenal will head to west London with plenty of confidence after seven wins in eight games. This is a big test of their credentials because, although they've put together some good results, their away form in the Premier League has been below-par. Last season Arsenal had plenty of the ball at Stamford Bridge but didn't really penetrate, and Chelsea hurt them on the counter-attack. The absence of the suspended Drogba is a plus for the visitors but they have to defend as a team to avoid being overrun. I'd play Gervinho ahead of Walcott as he's the man in form and I'd fancy the Ivorian to give Ivanovic or Cole a difficult match. I don't think Arsenal will win, but I think they can get a draw.

Arsenal TV Online commentator - Martin Hayes

What a fabulous result. I don't think anybody expected Arsenal to go to Stamford Bridge and win 5-3. In the second half the boys really got their act together, Chelsea seemed to lose their way and Robin van Persie has taken advantage of some good opportunities. I think this result puts the demons of that 8-2 defeat at Manchester United to bed. Arsenal can now start getting back in contention and hopefully this result sends a message out to the other teams in the Premier League. It's a great result; now let's build on it.

Saturday is a big game, irrespective of the league standings. From an Arsenal point of view they have got to go and attack Chelsea and put them under pressure because they have not been so fluent of late and there have been some discipline issues. If you sit back and let Chelsea dictate then it becomes a long, tough afternoon so Arsenal need to ask some questions of the opposition back four. In previous games at Stamford Bridge we have had the ball for long periods but Chelsea have had more cutting edge, but Arsenal have players with pace like Gervinho and Theo Walcott and I think they can get in behind the likes of Ashley Cole, who I think has maybe lost a yard of pace. If Arsenal use their pace in the final third they can create chances and then of course they have to take them. Will Vermaelen play? That's the big issue for Arsène Wenger to consider and I think that he should provided he is fit after Tuesday. Vermaelen has got that experience and you need your big players in the big matches. Put it this way: if Vidic was suddenly fit for Man United then he would be in the team, and Vermaelen falls into the same category.


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As a fan those are the kind of games that will live long in the memory. Scoring five away from home, against a team like Chelsea, is something else. And the way the fourth goal came about was the stuff of dreams. You've got to enjoy those moments. I think the team will take a huge amount from this game, it was obvious how much the win meant to them. It was clearly more than three points. Having lost at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, getting something from Sunday's game was crucial. That we went away with everything will certainly instil more confidence and belief in this team and they showed real character to come from behind twice, as well as dealing with the late Chelsea equaliser. It was an extraordinary game and thankfully one we'll be able to look back on with great pleasure. Onwards and upwards!

After a run of pretty decent form - winning seven out of eight is good by any standards - Chelsea will provide a real test on Saturday. They seem to have been overlooked slightly with all the focus on the Manchester sides but their experience, talent and resources are still formidable. However they do seem to be still finding their feet with a new man at the helm and hopefully we can take advantage of that. Obviously all eyes will be on Robin van Persie, and he's got some recent history at Stamford Bridge, but it will take a concerted team effort to get a result. Certainly with Gervinho and Walcott we've got plenty of pace and the midfield triumvirate of Song, Arteta and Ramsey is growing as they get used to each other. I think it will be tough but I think we've got enough momentum going to get a result.

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31 Oct 2011