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Continuing the Boxing Day Review, we turn our attention to the London Derby as I review Arsenal vs Chelsea.
Arsenal came into this game, with their form at its worst. Winless in seven including five losses, they feared the worst. However, what people say on paper does not always translate on the field. After the first 20 minutes, which saw Chelsea have more possession but without much penetration, Arsenal took over. The longer the game went, Arsenal gained more confidence. The compact nature of the Gunners didn’t allow Chelsea to be effective. They started creating more chances, and got a (contentious) penalty that Lacazette converted in the 31st minute.
The game changed from that point, as Arsenal kept pressing until they got the second goal from a beautiful free Kick by Granit Xhaka before two minutes of half-time.
Frank Lampard realized that his side needed some fresh legs, so he took off Werner and Kovacic for Hudson-Odoi and exit bound Jorginho. These changes didn’t give immediate effect, as Arsenal kept playing down the wings. They capitalized from the weak performances of Chilwell and Reece James, scoring a 3rd goal by Saka ending a brilliant team move in Mendy’s net.
Afterwards, Arsenal had a couple of serious chances to make it 4 but a combination of GK saves and cheer luck deprived them that opportunity. In the last 15 minutes, Chelsea moved more forward, taking advantage of Arsenal’s fatigue. They scored in the 85th minute, but missed a glorious chance to come back after Leno saved a Jorginho penalty in the 90th minute.
Overall, this is a monumental victory at a crucial time for Arteta’s side. This win should give them enough momentum going forward.
That’s it for this review of another Boxing Day London Derby and the Arsenal vs Chelsea clash.
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