Arsenal reinvigorated their hopes of finishing within the Premier League’s high 4 with a deserved 2-Zero victory over London rivals Chelsea.
First-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny sealed the victory for Unai Emery’s facet as Maurizio Sarri’s Blues suffered a fourth defeat from their final 9 league fixtures.
Here we assess either side via a Report Card of Saturday’s conflict on the Emirates Stadium.
Lacazette’s approach – There will likely be few finer examples of ahead play than in Lacazette’s scrumptious opener. With each contact the jaw lowered before smacking the ground when he completed, it was that good. The Frenchman’s first contact from Hector Bellerin’s nothing cross killed the ball lifeless, his second allowed him to show towards goal, the third made room, his fourth – with minimal backlift – minimize the ball excessive into the web from tight on the nook of the six-yard field. Every contact and switch was exact, like watching the intricate brushstrokes of an actual masterpiece. An exquisite goal so as to add to his luxurious strike on this season’s draw with Liverpool.
Just need to level out that Lacazette gave us THREE goal celebrations on one goal and that must be the ratio within the Premier League. Here’s celebration no. 1. pic.twitter.com/f0TobmvOhN
— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) January 19, 2019
Luscious Luiz – No this isn’t a notice about his flowing locks however reasonably his fairly passing. He is legitimately the very best passer of the ball out of the again. It’s the principle cause Sarri reintroduced him into Chelsea’s XI and it’s a respectable one as a result of there have been high quality examples of his vary against Arsenal. It’s been a characteristic of their play all season, in fact, however against the depth of the hosts’ press, it was a weapon for Chelsea. One such move ought to have ended with a goal within the first half as he positioned an ideal ball from broad left to proper, yawning the pitch aside to allow Pedro the chance to narrowly loft an effort broad. It was pure artwork, even when Chelsea’s defending was largely ugly.
Bellerin’s harm – Amid the cacophony of pleasure within the Emirates Stadium, a ghostly hush within the second half punctured the air as Bellerin collapsed in agony. The Spaniard was making his first look in a month, but having solely just returned from harm, he seems set for a a lot lengthier spell on the sidelines after excruciatingly damaging his knee against Chelsea. The footage instructed a grim wanting ACL snap. Bellerin is justifiably one on the extra well-liked players on the membership and his power from right-back is prime to Arsenal’s play. He’s loved a high quality season, shedding him put an actual dampener on the outcome from an Arsenal perspective.
Chelsea can’t sustain – You can’t say every little thing was unhealthy, but it surely was just about every little thing. Chelsea had been underprepared from the first seconds of the conflict as Arsenal smothered them excessive up the pitch. Sarri virtually ripped via pages of his ebook such was the ferocity of his notice taking all through the first half and had his facet mirrored his aggression and objective, they could have had an opportunity. But they actually struggled to match Arsenal’s power everywhere in the pitch and paid for that. Sarri will probably require a brand new notepad, and perhaps some recent expertise after this pointless efficiency.
TACTICAL TALKING POINT
Defensively Arsenal have been gunned down on far too many events this season – the nadir arriving late in December at Liverpool – however you can not fault the safety on Saturday. They lowered Chelsea to 1 shot on target and bodily dominated them – a fist-pumping Sokratis after a thunderous problem typified their power. This was just their fourth clear sheet of the season however their understanding of Emery’s system was important. He was proper to go away Mesut Ozil out and function with a 4-4-2 diamond which allowed his two DMs to cowl the pushed up full-backs. An intense urgent system necessitates for uniformity and that collective power strangled Chelsea.
Arsenal – A
Probably their most full efficiency of the season. Firepower in assault and a protect on the again. An excellent display from each man.
Chelsea – D
The players don’t actually appear to suit Sarri-ball and the groups Chelsea play against seem to take pleasure in it. Time for some new concepts from the Italian?