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Nacer in the nick of time

Chadli earns Pochettino a point on return to St Mary's

THE EQUALISER: Nacer Chadli celebrates in front of the Tottenham fans after making it 2-2.
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Neil Humphreys: How Wenger can end Mourinho jinx

Here are five reasons why Arsenal manager can finally end Mourinho hoodoo

"We know we have passed many tests recently where we were questioned. We have passed many tests and we have another test on Sunday that we want to pass." - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
"We are the best team since day one and we want to be the best team until the last day." - Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

ARSENAL v CHELSEA

(Tonight, 11pm, Singtel TV Ch 102 & 
StarHub TV Ch 227)

Jose Mourinho owns a voodoo doll of Arsene Wenger.

There are 12 pins stuck in its body.

Mourinho holds a 13th pin, ready to stab it through the Frenchman's heart.

Arsenal and Chelsea meet tonight in a contest that Wenger has never won. He is hexed by the hoodoo.

Across 12 years, 12 games, seven defeats and five draws, he has failed to conquer his demon in the opposing dugout. Mourinho has his number.

But it could be 13th time lucky for the frustrated Frenchman at the Emirates. Here are five reasons why.

1. Form favours the brave

In that harrowing first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie with Monaco, the Gunners did what they always do - they succumbed to inferior opposition.

So Wenger did the unthinkable. He allowed a little pragmatism to bleed into his purist principles.

He pulled back Santi Cazorla and partnered him with Francis Coquelin, granting additional cover. Wenger tightened his loose screws in defence.

Perversely, the Monaco hammering was a wake-up call. They've won every game since, morphing into Europe's most in-form side, picking up more points per game in 2015 than any other team in the top divisions of England, Spain, Germany, France and Italy.

In the past, Arsenal attacked Chelsea like French cavaliers on horseback, parading through No Man's Land with shiny swords, only to be shot down by Mourinho's machine gun fire.

That may not happen tonight. The Gunners are now smarter. Their football remains cultured, but less kamikaze.

2. Sit back and suffer, Chelsea

Mourinho was the cat who got the cream after the Manchester United victory last weekend, purring in post-match interviews.

The tactician had triumphed against his old master, proving yet again that winning 1-0 was the easiest scoreline to achieve.

Since beating Swansea 5-0 on Jan 17, every Premier League victory of Chelsea has been decided by a single goal.

It's not so much a charge to the championship as it is championship chess, moving tiny pieces around with little excitement.

Against United, Chelsea often kept 10 men behind the ball, tempting the Red Devils into benign pot-shots from distance. United failed to get behind the blue fortress, but Arsenal can.

Along with Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Oezil has peaked in recent matches, performing at the tip of a left-sided triangle that is the most penetrative attacking force in the EPL.

Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic will not be permitted a lazy Sunday afternoon. What's more, Arsenal's old Achilles heel is suddenly a pillar of strength - the extra pass.

So often criticised for taking an indulgent touch, dribble or pass too many, the Gunners need to do precisely that to slip in Olivier Giroud between the gaps.

Chelsea's central defence deals with long balls and hopeful crosses like a horse's tail swishing away flies.

But pace could punish them. If the Gunners play pinball around the box, the game may tilt in their favour.

3. Stick a box around the hazard

Eden Hazard's winner against United exemplified Mourinho's much lauded strategy: defend deep, concede possession, win the second balls and release the nimble assassin from Belgium.

He cuts inside and gobbles up space like a blue Pac-Man. Fortunately for Arsenal, one of their most consistent performers will go eyeball to eyeball with Hazard.

From newcomer to nascent star, Hector Belleri­n broke into the first time and refused to go back to the bench. He can match Hazard's pace. It's the additional panache that's the tricky bit. With a youthful tendency to go walkabout, Belleri­n's concentration is critical. Whenever Hazard comes near, he must act like a long lost limpet.

4. Many unhappy returns

With all that talk of a form slump mixed in with chatter about a bitter homecoming to Cesc Fabregas' former club, the cold-headed stats get a little lost. So here they are again. Fabregas has 16 EPL assists, three more than the combined total of Cazorla and Oezil. Behind the mask remains a formidable craftsman.

Mourinho's cautious approach against United - adding Kurt Zouma as defensive ballast alongside Nemanja Matic - should be repeated.

That pushes the midfielder with the mask into Coquelin's face. The Frenchman's anchoring role stabilised the good ship Arsenal, but a perfect storm is coming.

Fabregas returns in an advanced role with a point to prove. Coquelin's season is already the best of his career. Now he needs the game of his life.

5. Beat Chelsea at their own game

Wenger would never admit it, but the more things change, the more he looks like Mourinho.

In the January trip to the Etihad, he kept his men on a leash. Creativity came with a healthy dollop of common sense against Manchester City.

Like primary school kids let loose with paint brushes, they were granted artistic freedom within limits and they prevailed.

This month, the defensive trick was repeated against Liverpool. Silk blended with galvanized steel.

Arsenal did a passable impression of Chelsea, but with more impressive passing.

Wenger bowed before Mourinho in the past. But his team and tactics have the beating of the Blues. Mourinho has stolen points from Wenger for more than a decade, but the Frenchman got wise. It takes a thief to catch a thief.

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Five unexpected locations where you'll find good food

Sick of waiting for a table at a popular restaurant? Look hard enough and you will find some hidden gems. We point you towards five of them

The Bombdiggity bag at The Boiler has lobster, crab, prawns mussels and clams in their Work sauce

ARCADIA RESTAURANT

251A, ARCADIA ROAD

Tucked within the nature reserve and obscured by rows of condominium, this old-school restaurant offers home-style Chinese fare in a cosy setting.

Owner Grace Lee says her joint has been a fixture in the area for 15 years.

"Some of our regular customers have become friends. They treat the restaurant like home, helping themselves to tea and the utensils whenever they eat here," she adds.

Many of the customers do not even live near the restaurant.

"They usually drive here from all over Singapore and it gets really crowded on weekends. The residents (in Arcadia Road) usually "dabau" (take-away in Mandarin), especially on Sundays when their maids have their day off," she says.

Ms Lee maintains that she does not advertise her business and much of the publicity is through word of mouth.

"They come here, like our food, and recommend (our restaurant) to friends and family," she adds.

The signature dishes worth the drive here include fried chicken, pork chop and homemade tofu with a sprinkling of minced pork and turnip.



 

THE BOILER LOUISIANA SEAFOOD AND BEER

18, HOWARD ROAD, 
#01-06, NOVELTY BIZCENTRE

Located in Tai Seng Industrial Estate, the communal dining concept restaurant is just a short walk from Tai Seng MRT station.

Owner Malcolm Hong says he picked the location because of the space, cost of rental, ease of parking and human traffic.

"We would be paying over four to five times higher in hot spots such as Holland Village or Mohd Sultan Road," he explains.

With the changing landscape of industrial areas, The Boiler serves "the younger executives and business owners with decent purchasing power. No longer are they (industrial estates) populated by only blue-collar workers", Mr Hong says.

"We see a more sophisticated and younger group of executives and business owners who are deprived of a casual dining and drinking place," he adds.

The food here is American with a strong Southern influence and its speciality sauce, The Works, uses many Cajun ingredients.

The Boiler's Bombdiggity Bag (above) consists of, among others, crab and prawns.



THE CATCH SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & BAR

27, COSFORD ROAD

Wanting a place with a rustic feel away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the owners of The Catch decided to go deep in the bowels of Cosford Road.

The Catch is near Changi Prison and Selarang Camp and is not easily accessible by public transport as the nearest bus stop is a five-minute walk along a dark and deserted road.

Says The Catch's operations manager, Mr Danny Tan: "We were located at Pasir Ris Farmway 2, but had to move. We were looking for a place that is far from town and could accommodate our large tanks. When we came across this place, it was a perfect fit."

Having officially opened only six months ago, Mr Tan says it is quieter during the weekdays, with the lunch crowd comprising mainly airline workers, freight personnel and prison officers.

"It is generally more crowded during evenings and weekends. We see people from all walks of life coming here. Many spend the weekend here and have meals in the evening."

The Catch's signature dish is roast chicken stuffed with glutinous rice. Its mee pok with XO sauce (above), and lala clam boiled in Chinese wine are also worth trying.



CACIO E PEPE

3, CHU LIN ROAD

In the quiet and placid Hillview estate sits a lively little Italian joint.

"Being new in this business, we were not comfortable spending too much on rental. We want to focus on the quality of the food we serve to customers. And this, essentially, has been the working formula in the six years since we started," says one of Cacio E Pepe's partners, Ms Chia Bee Eng.

Cacio E Pepe was originally located in Rochdale Road and moved to Chu Lin Road in 2011. It offers restaurant quality home-style food.

As for its menu, Ms Chia says there is no focus on a particular region of Italy.

"Our wide and extensive menu includes appetiser, soup, risotto, salad, pasta, pizza, meat and fish. We make our own dessert too," she adds.

Some of its specials in recent weeks included rack of lamb (above) and mackerel with mash and salad.

Seven out of 10 customers are locals who travel from different parts of Singapore. Others even come from overseas.

"We had a prince from Saudi Arabia dining here with his family during their visit in 2010," Ms Chia recounts.



THE RESTAURANT AT ORCHIDVILLE

82, SUNGEI TENGAH ROAD

Come admire the flowers and while you are here, have a meal or two.

That is the pitch owner Joseph Phua has for his restaurant.

"We want to encourage visitors to come and appreciate orchid flowers and the farm surroundings, and get away from the concrete jungle for a little while," he says.

Mr Phua's offerings are healthy, with reduced sodium and sugar.

"But it doesn't mean it's tasteless. The taste comes from the freshness - the vegetables are from our farm and the seafood is from the market," he says.

Customers include the elderly and their extended families, as well as church and grassroots groups, especially during public holidays and weekends.

And the signature dishes they zoom in for? "Our famous crispy fusion pork knuckle with salad and curry fish head," says Mr Phua.

Another dish the restaurant serves is sliced pork (above).



 

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Women power

The number of women on boards of S'pore-listed companies has grown, according to the Diversity Action Committee in its latest report. Here are women who have made a name for themselves in male-dominated arenas

Sim Chi Yin.

SIM CHI YIN

The 35-year-old, Beijing-based freelance photographer was named by the British Journal of Photography in January 2014 as one of 30 emerging photography talents around the world. Last July, she became the first Asian to join the prestigious New York-based photo agency VII. She also won the Young Woman Achiever award at Her World Woman of the Year awards ceremony last November.



CLAIRE-LOUISE JEDREK

The British-born Singaporean is the only female motorsports driver here. She sped to second place in the Malaysian Championship Series at Sepang last month.



EULEEN GOH

In 1999, she became the first Singaporean woman to head one of Standard Chartered Bank's (Stanchart) core businesses, which had more than 500 offices in about 50 countries. One of Singapore's few high-powered women bankers, she broke the "old boys' club" culture in the financial world. She is also the first woman to chair International Enterprise Singapore.



CHEONG 
KOON HEAN

As chief executive, the 56-year-old had led the Urban Redevelopment Authority in transforming Singapore's skyline and turning Marina Bay into an icon. Dr Cheong is now chief executive of Housing Board which, together with Canadian design firm Urban Strategies, bagged an award last November for their master plan of Punggol.



ANNABEL PENNEFATHER

She was the first female president of the Singapore Hockey Federation from 2004 to 2012. The former national hockey player, 65, became Singapore's first woman chef de mission to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She now sits on the nation's National Olympic Council as one of its four vice-presidents.



KIRSTIE GANNAWAY

The 24-year-old is a rising force in the man's world of mixed martial arts (MMA). She beat Malaysian Adek Omar in her One Championship debut last November and beat Filipino fighter April Osenio in One FC 25 Age Of Champions last month.



- SOURCES: DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, DIVERSITY ACTION COMMITTEE

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