It was a chilly Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea were ready to host the gunners. The two teams met a couple of weeks ago, and the blues came out victorious as Tammy Abraham scored in the dying minutes of the game. Both teams have been really inconsistent since then. Chelsea are coming off another poor result as they lost against Newcastle In the last seconds of the game. As the race for top 4 continues, it was vital for Chelsea to get the three points against the gunners. Lampard only made two changes to his starting 11. Emerson came into the line up as Reece James recently suffered a minor injury. Kovacic came back into the lineup and Mount was dropped to the bench.
The game kicked off and the Chelsea fans were up for the game. From the moment the whistle blew, Chelsea had Arsenal on the ropes. Mustafi made a crucial block in the 7th minuted of the game to deny Kovacic. It was a bright start from Chelsea. Later on in the game Mustafis woeful back pass left Leno stranded, Tammy Abraham rounded the keeper off but was brought down by David Luiz in the penalty box. The Brazilian was sent off and Chelsea were awarded a penalty. It was business as usual from Jorginho from the penalty spot, as he calmly tucked his penalty away to give the blues the lead. After taking the lead, Chelsea had a lot of possession but failed to make it count as they failed to take their chances. The half time whistle blew and Chelsea were ahead the break. There was still a lot of work to do for the blues.
The second half kicked off and Chelsea started it in fine fashion again. Despite starting the second half strongly, Arsenal managed to get an equaliser as Martinelli capitalised on Kantes slip and managed to put the ball past Kepa to bring the Gunners level. Chelsea raised their game after the equaliser and we certainly had a tasty game on our hands. Lampard made his substitutions as he brought Ross Barkley, Mason Mount and Michy Batshuayi on. Chelsea were awarded a corner in the 84th minute and Chelsea’s captain Azpilicueta popped up with a goal to give the blues the lead yet again. As soon as the second goal went in, the Chelsea players started to panic. They could not follow the basics off football. Which was to clear the ball out whilst being in a dangerous situation. Chelsea then paid the price for not clearing their lines as Héctor Bellerin scored from outside the box to bring the gunners level once again. Chelsea’s celebrations were cut short, as Arsenal managed to equalise three minutes later. That was it, the full time whistle blew and Chelsea failed to defeat 10 men Arsenal. It was disappointing night for the blues and a lot of has to be done in order for Chelsea to get top 4.
Hudson Odoi: 7
Ross Barkley: 6
Mason Mount: 7
Michy Batshuayi: 5
Lampard: I am disappointed given the situation of the game. We completely deserved to go 1-0 up. For a little bit after that, we were getting used to them with 10 men. But we created enough chances in the second half, it was just the same old story, we couldn’t take them. In football, basic errors can cost you points.”
What’s next for Chelsea ?
As Chelsea managed to drop more points at home, the battle for top 4 keeps getting intense. Chelsea simply could not follow the basics of football tonight and that’s what cost them the game. Arsenal raised their game by 10 percent after going down a man and Chelsea dropped their level by 10 percent after the sending off. It was a poor day at the office for the blues and it shows that there is still a lot of work for the blues to do on the training ground. Chelsea will go to hull city on the 25th to face them in the FA Cup, hopefully we can see a response from the team and start to build some momentum as in February there are a lot of big games to come and it eithier make or break Chelsea’s season.
UP THE CHELS!