Arsenal vs Chelsea Tactical Analysis. Arteta 0 – Lampard 1
Arsenal vs Chelsea Tactical Analysis: Arteta 0 – Lampard 1
If football was a story told in parts then this script would have started differently. If football was played for ten minutes less, the chants would have been “London is red”. Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea at the Emirates embodies the ingredients that accounts for the volatility of the beautiful game. Good football, wayward passes, controversial officiating, clinical finishes, joy, and tears. Yes, tears for Arsenal and everyone associated with the club.
Arteta’s second game in charge looked like the perfect test. Why not? Against another player who kicked the ball around the same time that he did, who played as a midfielder too now coaching one of his old teams, many saw the game as Arteta vs Lampard.
Arsenal vs Chelsea Tactical Analysis: First half (1-0)
Thirteeen (13) minutes in Arteta was in the lead, thanks to a brilliant header from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who got his second goal in as many games and his thirteenth (13th) of the season. Ozil’s outswinger from a corner-kick was headed by Callum Chambers before Aubameyang escaped the attention of his marker to head the ball into the net. Arsenal were ahead and for the remaining parts of the first half, they dominated. Controlling the ball, snuffing out the options of Chelsea players whenever they held the ball with an impressive shape and intense pressing. In fact after just a half hour, Lampard was forced to change to a back four, replacing the invisible Emerson with Jorginho, to try to gain the midfield back. This move, like in a game of chess would come in handy 50 minutes (moves) later.
Lacazette was denied by a timely Ngolo Kante tackle after beautiful combination between Nelson and Aubameyang. Aubameyang had a chance of his own but could only hit the side netting.
Chelsea’s best chance in the first half came from a corner-kick, but Zouma could not hit the ball from point blank range. The first half ended Arteta 1 – 0 Lampard.
Arsenal vs Chelsea Tactical Analysis: Second Half (1-2)
At the start of the second half, Chelsea came in with more urgency, and the game seemed to shift slightly in favour of the blues. Arteta maintained his strategy, but his team could not maintain the intensity with which they played in the first half, they started to sit deeper and Lampard took advantage. He introduced Callum Hudson-Odoi for Kovacic, and the Englishman went straight to the left wing. Arteta brought on Willock for the impressive Ozil and he missed a golden opportunity shortly afterwards in what was Arsenal’s last real chance.
Referee, Craig Pawson will be asked why Jorginho, who was already on a yellow card remained on the pitch after an obvious yellow card offence on Guendouzi. However, the bigger question will be to Bernd Leno who misjudged the flight of a free-kick from Mount and allowed Jorginho bundle the ball into the net. Arteta 1 – 1 Lampard!
Thereafter, Chelsea hit on a counter, Willian’s cut back found Abraham who kept his cool to slot the ball underneath the legs of Leno. Checkmate!
Arteta 1(0) – Lampard 2(1).
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