In this weekend’s early kick-off, it was Chelsea who triumphed over Arsenal as they notched up a routine (?) 2-0 victory over the Gunners. Tensions flared between the two teams as Arsenal were down to 9 men with Gabriel and Cazorla both getting sent off. Let’s look at the things we learned from the game-
Costa doesn’t need to score to prove his worth
The Guv’nor, as he’s affectionately called; Diego Costa once again successfully used the Dark Arts to perfection as his off-the-ball work killed off the gunners even at 0-0. Gabriel saw red as he reacted to an incident he even wasn’t involved in and took the bait thrown by Costa by stamping him in front of the referee. On and off the ball he was a menace, causing problems for the Arsenal defence with his movement, in possession he was good, with some good touches and excellent hold-up play. He caused many a problem to the Gunners’ backline by driving at the defenders, and although he didn’t get a goal yet it was an impressive, if dirty, performance.
Ivanovic shows all is not lost
It was a horrible start to the season for the big Serbian, during which he was criticized by probably a million people worldwide. When his name was seen in the team sheet, most people dreaded the prospect of him against Sanchez. But after a few hiccups, Ivanovic grew into the game and completely nullified the impact of Sanchez. Such a performance is encouraging going forward and a big relief for the supporters to see their vice-captain back in form.
Eden Hazard returns
Last season’s Player of the Year is another who has started the season badly, and his performance against Maccabi was better. He started this one quietly with Pedro, Fabregas and Oscar seeing more of the ball in the opening half-hour. But Hazard slowly grew to be the game’s most influential attacker. He should have been awarded a penalty as he was brought down and, after the Gunners went down to 10 men, he was all over the pitch, picking up the ball at will and getting Chelsea onto the front foot. His goal, although deflected, will give him a huge boost of confidence for the upcoming games.
Oscar was again the important link between attack and defense
Oscar, more renowned for his work with the ball, has become increasingly important part of the team off the ball for Chelsea. His constant pressing, harassing the opposition in possession and even making a couple of great tackles; all helped the team especially in the first half. In the second half, though, he faded out of the game and was substituted.
Chelsea may have had many problems, but beating Arsenal ain’t one of them
Chelsea once again defeated Arsenal, and the fact that the match ended with the Reds down to 9 was simply hilarious from Chelsea’s point of view. This was probably the best time for Wenger to defeat Mourinho for the first time in the League, but that was not to happen. Chelsea had that steel about them that Arsenal never have and ended with 3 more points.
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Edited By: Karan Dubey
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