Arsenal vs Chelsea Match analysis: 5 things we learned
Arsenal vs Chelsea Match analysis
Arsenal and Chelsea played out a pulsating 2-2 draw at the Emirates. This match saw both teams fail to score in the first 63 minutes, yet, 4 goals were produced in the final 27 minutes of the match.
When Hector Bellerin struck in stoppage time, it felt like nothing more could happen. However, as the replay of the goal stopped, Morata was at the other end face-to-face with Petr Cech and his tame effort was not the last kick of the game as Davide Zappacosta hit the crossbar with the rebound.
Both teams will feel that they had played well enough to get the win in an end to end contest of football, another testament to why it is called beautiful.
The match has sent the football world into ruptures. There have been opinions, arguments and discussions alike from face to face dialogue, to the more global platform of the social media in relation to the many talking points of the match.
Chelsea’s penalty, Arsenal’s wobbly defence, Conte’s starting XI and many more stand as talking points in the London derby.
Now, in the subsequent paragraphs, I present Arsenal vs Chelsea match analysis discussed under 5 things we learned from Arsenal vs Chelsea.
5 things we learned from Arsenal vs Chelsea
1. Alvaro Morata Puts himself under pressure
If you heard the word “wasteful” for the first time, and did not have a dictionary to check it’s meaning, a short clip on Morata’s display against Arsenal would do justice to explaining what “wasteful” means. From start (sending a chance from a one-o-one situation wide in the 14th minute), to finish (playing a weak shot to the palms of Petr Cech late in injury time), Morata showed how horrible he can be on a bad day.
Antonio Conte has come out to defend the Spaniard
“He’s not lucky in this period,” Conte told Sky Sports after the match. “He has to continue to work and improve
“In this case, it’s a pity because he had many chances to score. But at the same time, I am very happy for his effort and commitment…
Conte’s defence might be a justification for replacing Diego Costa, who many feel would have been a better option in a match like this, with Morata.
Morata has also come under scrutiny for failing to stop the pass that led to Arsenal’s first goal. While this might be a bit harsh, I for one hope that he is just ” unlucky” as Conte claims. However, repeating this kind of display is not an option for the Spaniard.
The 25 year old has scored just once in his last 7 EPL appearances and must now justify his £70 million price tag.
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2. Ainsley Maitland-Niles shows his worth
Although the youngster was partly at fault for Chelsea’s second goal. However, he displayed his football abilities once more.
When Arsene Wenger dropped summer signing Sead Kolasinac some weeks ago, it felt like a wrong move, however Maitland-Niles has continued to repay Wenger’s faith. Victor Moses had no response to the Englishman both in attack and defence and was Chelsea’s first player to be substituted.
He showed skill and poise, on and off the ball and might have just cemented his place in Wenger’s starting XI as a Left Wing Back.
Maitland-Niles connected well with Alexis Sanchez and rarely put a foot wrong at the back. It remains to be seen whether Maitland-Niles can continue to replicate his performance consistently, but for now, Maitland-Niles is a starter.
3. Eden Hazard is indispensable
With Real Madrid looming at the corner, Chelsea must do everything within their power to keep their Belgian superstar. Once again, he showed why he is rated as one of the best players in the EPL. Whenever he held the ball, you just got the feeling that something good is on it’s way.
With Morata misfiring, he almost singlehandedly drove Chelsea through the match and was unplayable at times.
He won and converted the penalty and fed the fans with some skills, most notably his backheel to release Morata in one of Chelsea’s attacking forays.
The Arsenal defence had no answer to him and he once again reinstated the fact that he is Chelsea’s best player.
4. Conte’s Formation and Starting XI was wrong
Antonio Conte opted to play a 3-6-1 that was more similar to a 3-5-2, and while this in itself is not bad, it was the wrong choice against a 3-man Arsenal defence that had Calum Chambers, Skhodran Mustafi and Rob Holding. Why is this so?
The formation limited Chelsea to only two front men – Hazard and Morata, and this reduced the threat on the Arsenal defence. Also, the formation stressed Chelsea’s Wing backs, especially Moses who was left to roam the right flank alone.
A 3-4-3 would have caused more havoc for the Gunners. Conte should have dropped either Tiemoue Bakayoko or Cesc Fabregas in favour of either Willian or Pedro. It would have been interesting to see how that Arsenal defence would fare in such a situation.
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5. Wenger must Spend in January on his team’s defence.
Arsenal have now become the architects of their own misfortune so far. Against Chelsea, the defence once again proved to be the big problem. Someone asked me: “How can you hold Chelsea for so long, score, then concede four (4) minutes later?”
With Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, and Sead Kolasinac out injured, the situation has become worse. The transfer window has opened and Liverpool who have almost the same problem have signed Virgil Van Dijk for a fee of €84.5 million, making him the most expensive defender in history. Arsenal on the other hand have signed 20 year Old Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos. While he might be a good player, it is safer to find someone with experience, someone like David Luiz or Johnny Evans. Although it is hard to get the players you need in January, Wenger must find someone to solidify his defence.
Those are the five things we learned on our Arsenal vs Chelsea Match analysis.
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