Here was the moment we all have been waiting for. Arsenal vs Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Time for us to avenge the Community Shield loss!
Jose Mourinho, as expected, went in with his usual lineup with Ivanovic replacing Baba Rahman. However, John Terry still remained on the bench which made sense considering Zouma and Cahill were more equipped dealing with the pace of Walcott and Co.
Meanwhile, Oscar and Pedro were back into the side. No injury issues there!
So, let’s find out how the game panned out for the Blues:
– It was an open start to the game as Theo Walcott made runs behind the Chelsea defense with his superior pace while, Chelsea’s front three combined well up front to cause a few problems to the visitors defense.
With the inclusion of Oscar into the side, Chelsea’s pressing looked a lot better; one thing that had been missing from Chelsea in the previous few games!
– Oscar and Hazard combined quite well for the Blues in the opposition box (see the 17th minute) while Fabregas looked to be back in form too! The Spaniard had his passing boots on as he carved open the Arsenal’s defense on more than one occasion. We definitely looked to be getting back to our very best!
– 20 minutes in and Chelsea completely dominated the fixture with good possession and some “beautiful” football (see 25-26 minutes).
Looking for our first home win in the league, Chelsea definitely looked intent on changing that record!
– The first major chance fell for Chelsea in the 32nd minute when Fabregas found Pedro with a beautiful pass, but Petr Cech was in no mood to let in a goal at the Bridge! Delightful from Fabregas!
Chelsea had a great shout for a penalty when Gabriel tried to play WWE with Hazard inside the box, but the referee couldn’t find anything wrong in that. What a surprise! We are back in form and the decisions are already going against us!
– Kurt Zouma produced a beauty of a tackle in the 39th minute when the Frenchman tackled Theo Walcott during an Arsenal break away. Oh and that tackle did produce a standing ovation from the Chelsea’s faithful if you were wondering! Great stuff from Zouma!
– Diego Costa lost his cool at the end of the first half as the Spaniard swung his hands on Koscielny. Gabriel, the Arsenal Centre Back, got involved with Costa and the Spaniard got him sent off rather hilariously after provoking him and getting him all riled up using just his words. Bravo!
There was a lot of dramas involved, as you would expect between these two teams, and a hilarious sending off was rather imminent with Mike Dean (synonymous with incompetent) as referee!
The first half ended with a scoreline of 0-0, but it was Chelsea who controlled the major part of the possessions and the chances created. The Blues played like Champions, pushing the visitors on the backfoot from the start and Costa conspiring in Gabriel’s sending off was just the cherry on the top. The second half held a lot of dramas, that’s for sure!
– So, the second half started with Jose Mourinho making no changes to his lineup.
Arsene Wenger had to introduce Calum Chambers for Francis Coquelin at the start of the second half.
– It was coming, wasn’t it? Kurt Zouma opened the scoring for the Blues in the 52nd minute from a Fabregas free kick. The Frenchman, for some unknown reasons, was left unmarked by the visitors, and the defender latched on this opportunity by scoring his first Premier League goal behind Petr Cech! 1-0 Champions!
– Alexis Sanchez, against the run of play, had a glorious opportunity to equalize at the hour mark, but fortunately, the winger fluffed it up rather horribly!
Eden Hazard’s bad luck continued as the Belgian again missed the target in the 64th minute after some wonderful work on the flank. A goal definitely looked to be coming, though!
– A goal in the bag and the visitors down to 10 men, Jose Mourinho introduced Ramires in place of Oscar who had a very good first half. The Brazilian put in a defensive shift and put in some flying tackles and interceptions for his side, not to mention, his consistent pressing. That’s what you get from a fit Oscar!
– Arsenal, to their credit, did pretty well to remain in the game as Chelsea were unable to penetrate the visitors defense for the second time.
Santi Cazorla, meanwhile, got sent off in the 79th minute for a second booking on Cesc Fabregas, as Stamford Bridge erupted with noise. A rather silly challenge by the Spaniard while still on a booking, and the visitors were down to 9 men with 10 minutes to go!
Loic Remy was introduced in place of Diego Costa with 9 official minutes to go.
– There was no way Blues were gonna lose this match against 9 men as the Champions kept knocking on the visitors door and we did manage a second goal in the 90th minute through Eden Hazard.
Ramires cut-back was met by Fabregas inside the box who found Remy. The Frenchman’s shot was blocked by Arsenal as the rebound fell to Hazard who made no mistake burying it behind Cech, thanks to a deflection! 2-0 Chelsea, game over!
A win was what we needed and that’s exactly what we got here at the Bridge as the Blues finally kick-started their season, officially!
Now we just need to continue this form and hope for a City break down! Till then KTBFFH!