Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0, completing the double over the Blues for the first time in 17 years. The Blues had a tough night with their controversies with the refereeing decisions.
Chelsea has slipped back to the fourth position after their undeserving loss to the Gunners who went from 9th to 9th position. Arsenal led the scoreline by 1-0 with Emile Smithe Rowe scoring a tap-in after a massive blunder by Jorginho.
Looks like there is still hope for Arsenal’s Europa plans, a trophy they haven’t won even after playing in the competition for about four seasons.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Team News
A lot of rotations were expected, which Thomas Tuchel later on regretted. After the match, He reflected on that
“I’m not happy with my line-up. It’s easy to say afterwards. But it was too many changes, I should not have done it like this. It’s something in particular – but I will not tell you.
We had three days, we are on a good run, we had a good mood. The choices were not so good today from my side for the line-up so that’s on me. We were unlucky, of course. But we did everything today to lose.”
Tuchel made seven changes to his lineup and started with Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, and Kurt Zouma at the back. In the midfield, he played Jorginho and gave Gilmour his second start in the league.
In the attack, we saw Havertz, Mount, and Christian Pulisic. Surprisingly Werner and Ziyech were on the bench. The pair grabbed an assist and a goal in their previous match against Manchester City.
Arsenal matched the Blues line-up and started with three at the back. They played Saka and Tierney as wing-backs. Pablo Mari started in place of the injured David Luiz. Their front three consisted of Smith Rowe, Real Madrid loanee Odegaard and Club captain Aubameyang.
Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal POST-MATCH ANALYSIS:
Chelsea could have taken the lead via Kai Havertz, who got the ball from the arsenal defenders, but on the 1v1 the shot was too strong to hit the net, going over the crossbar instead.
Arsenal’s pressure on Jorginho led to an awful back-pass from him, straight into the net. Although Kepa sprinted and got a hand on the ball, the rebound fell onto Aubameyang’s feet, who squared it to Emile Smith-Rowe for a tap-in.
The second-best chance came from Pulisic, running at Arsenal’s penalty box to cut back and assist Mason Mount. His shot was going in the goal but it deflected off Rob Holding’s hand which was off his body. Chelsea should have gotten a penalty although VAR did not even bother to check the play. Another error was made on a big occasion.
At Half-time with Arsenal playing so deep Tuchel introduced a change and brought on Callum Hudson-Odoi to the pitch in place of Billy Gilmour. It had immediate results, with CHO linking very well with Reece James and Mount to create chances for the hosts.
Pulisic had a goal ruled offside and Chelsea hit the post twice, once with Kurt Zouma’s towering header which hit the crossbar and rebounded to Olivier Giroud who struck it with his weak foot to have the same fate.
Mason Mount(7.6/10): Looked the sharpest in the Blues lineup, had three shots on target, and at least deserved a penalty.
E-Smith Rowe(8/10): Scored the only goal in the game, had 1-2 good runs at the defence.
Bernd Leno(8/10) MOTM: Made some big saves to keep their lead intact and deserves the same praise as the goalscorer.