Too regularly lately, Arsenal visits to Stamford Bridge have resulted in tears for Arsene Wenger and his males, as limp performances have ended in defeat. Before this sport, it have been 5 successive losses, two objectives scored, 15 conceded.
With their most deadly participant in Alexis Sanchez nonetheless confined to the bench as a result of he’s nonetheless now not but totally fit have compatibility, the omens prior to kick off weren’t nice.
But forgotten was once the witless, spiritless give up at Liverpool of 3 weeks in the past, the humbling at Stoke the week prior to.
This was once a unique Arsenal, led from the again via an impressive efficiency via Shkodran Mustafi, and in midfield via a revitalised Aaron Ramsey.
In reality, had Alexandre Lacazette now not neglected the objective in entrance of an open objective from six yards within the first part when it appeared unimaginable to not rating, Wenger’s aspect would have gained this sport.
The incontrovertible fact that they didn’t, towards a Chelsea workforce who performed inexplicably poorly after fresh presentations, marks this sport down as a possibility neglected.
Arsenal’s final win away at a most sensible six membership was once in January 2015 towards Manchester City. They is not going to get many higher probabilities.
Chelsea, who had long gone into this sport at the again of 4 directly wins and appeared to have recovered their mojo after the hole day defeat via Burnley, had been slow and uninspired.
David Luiz getting despatched off for an excessive problem on Sead Kolasinac two mins from time epitomised the champions’ frustration. In the top, such was once the paucity in their efficiency and the truth that they ended up with most effective ten males at the pitch, some extent was once an advantage.
Alvaro Morata is a superb striker who’s deadly within the air and has a pleasing contact. But he does now not bully defences like Diego Costa – nonetheless someplace again in Brazil it appears fuming about his remedy and plotting his long run – used to, and Mustafi and co had been at all times in keep an eye on.
And towards a well-organised Arsenal who for as soon as caught to their duties effectively, Chelsea had no person to grab the sport and wrest it out in their grip. Against his outdated membership, Cesc Fabregas by no means totally discovered his vary and Pedro and Willian had been disappointing.
Arsenal are actually unbeaten towards Chelsea in 3 video games, counting final season’s FA Cup ultimate and the Community Shield sport in August. In all the ones Chelsea have had a participant despatched off and actually of their final 8 video games, Antonio Conte’s aspect have picked up 5 reds. A being concerned statistic.
Actually, Conte’s workforce began effectively the day gone by, humming about what appeared on paper like a underneath energy Gunners line up. Pedro shot directly at Petr Cech when he will have to have executed higher and Arsenal appeared shaky.
But abruptly Hector Bellerin started to milk the gap in the back of Marcos Alonso down the correct. First his move was once glanced simply huge via Lacazette, after which the Frenchman scuffed his shot directly at Thibaut Courtois.
Ramsey additionally started to seek out house within the heart and Chelsea’s superiority melted away as Sead Kolasinac noticed his shot blocked.
Out of the blue Chelsea virtually went forward, when for as soon as Fabregas discovered his radar, placing Pedro blank thru however Laurent Koscielny were given again to problem and Cech stored.
Arsenal via now had been most commonly on most sensible and when Ramsey dribbled previous two males, he noticed his shot soar back down the submit, just for Lacazette to in some way put the rebound over from six yards.
Conte had noticed sufficient, and taken on Tiemoue Bakayoko at part time to strengthen an overrun midfield.
But it was once nonetheless Arsenal making many of the working.
Mustafi had the ball within the web however his effort was once disallowed for offside.
On got here Eden Hazard however his emerging shot was once held via Cech, and two times Fabregas, driven additional ahead as Chelsea chased the win, neglected probabilities. Three issues although would were greater than Chelsea deserved.
It have been tight, annoying and if truth be told, as the 2 groups cancelled each and every different out, once in a while dull. A little bit just like the outdated days, actually.
But then Luiz clashed with Kolasinac at the left and phrases had been exchanged between the pair. Then, as time ticked away, the Brazilian shrugged off Sanchez, who had come within the 64th minute, however misplaced keep an eye on of the ball and lunged in excessive at the Bosnian, and were given a directly red. It was once probably the most aggression Conte’s workforce had proven all fit.
And Arsenal? A little bit of spine – eventually.
Chelsea: (Three-Four-Three): Courtois 6; Azpilicueta 7, Luiz 6, Cahill 6; Moses 6, Kante 7, Fabregas 6, Alonso 6; Willian 6 (Hazard 67 6), Morata 6 (Christensen 88 6), Pedro 6 (Bakayoko 46 6). Booked: Luiz, Morata. Sent off: Luiz. Next Up: Nottingham F (h), EFL Cup Weds.
Arsenal: (Three-Four-Three): Cech 7; Koscielny 7, Mustafi eight, Monreal 7; Bellerin 7, Xhaka 7, Ramsey 7, Kolasinac 7; Welbeck 6 (Giroud 73 6) , Lacazette 6 (Sanchez 64 6), Iwobi 6 (Elneny 80 6). Booked: Elneny, Koscielny, Bellerin. Next Up: Doncaster (h), EFL Weds.
Referee: M Oliver (Ashington).