Paul Parker

How will Terry react?

Paul Parker

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Sunday's game against Arsenal will be John Terry's first back at the Bridge
since the scandal that saw him lose the England captaincy and it will be
interesting to see how the crowd reacts.

Of course
there will be those die-hard Chelsea fans who will sing his name throughout the
game against Arsenal, but what about Chelsea's contingent of female fans?

Will
they be so quick to publically back him after the allegations that he cheated
on his wife?

If not, how
will the player himself react?

His off the field actions have already ensured
the spotlight will be firmly focused on him and with even more lurid stories sure to
surface on Sunday, everyone will be monitoring Terry's every move.

Being
involved in an off-field scandal like the one Terry finds himself embroiled in
only serves to make a player's life more difficult on the pitch.

Opposition
fans love to find a player's weakness and use it against them, so you can be
sure Arsenal fans will be eagerly awaiting Sunday's newspapers to arm
themselves with more ammunition to throw at Terry.

All the
usual taunts, jeers and chants will be aimed at the Chelsea defender, and he
will have to be strong to get through Sunday's game, which promises to be a
real ordeal for him.

Arsenal will be hoping the Terry situation has served to destabilise Chelsea in
some way. It may well have done so.

Arsenal
have been somewhat of a curiosity this season - sometimes great, sometimes
awful.

Their performance against Manchester United last weekend certainly fell
into the second category, but that does not mean they can't go and get a result
at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal
have lacked something off the bench in recent weeks, but Nicklas Bendtner is on
his way back and he is capable of making an impact should he come on at any
stage. The Dane comes in for criticism but I like his work rate and his
willingness to give 100 per cent, and he could give Terry et al a problem
should he get the chance on Sunday.

Even if
Arsenal fail to get a result at the weekend, there is no reason why they still
cannot go on and challenge for the title - the top two have proved fallible
against lesser teams this season and losing games to their fellow title
contenders does not necessarily mean their bid is over.

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