Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal - Manager dust ups, red card incidents and three points!
Chelsea beat Arsenal by two goals to nil yesterday afternoon in a game that was fiercely conteste...
Chelsea beat Arsenal by two goals to nil yesterday afternoon in a game that was fiercely contested on the sidelines as well as on the pitch. Goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa kept our unbeaten record alive.
This was never going to be another 6-0 like the result back in March. Arsenal had a point to prove and Arsene Wenger decided to adopt a different approach with a 4-3-3 formation to go up against Jose Mourinho's tried and trusted 4-2-3-1.
The game was hotly contested and the tackles were flying in all over the place but what more do we expect from a London Derby?
I wanted Chelsea to dominate the game and for Cesc Fabregas to boss the midfield. With Arsene's change of approach, that was never really going to happen and Arsenal had more than their fair share of possession. The problem is that they never had a single shot on target in the game and for their supporters, they will be frustrated. They huffed and puffed all game but never created much at all.
This is a very different Chelsea from last season. Towards the end of last season, we saw the side struggle to break teams down by not having the option to change their playing style.
We know Chelsea can dig in and grind out results as we have seen it time and time again but this time around, we can dig in while remaining dangerous on the counter attack. The term "park the bus" will become a distant memory I can assure you.
The Chelsea goals were a perfect example of that. Arsenal, looking tight and compact in front of their back four, were looking to frustrate Chelsea but a moment of magic from Eden Hazard ripped them apart.
Picking up the ball thirty five yards from goal, dead centre, Hazard jinked his way past two challenges and for a third time as he looked to guide the ball wide of Koscielny and in on goal. The Frenchman was beaten all ends up but stuck a leg out and Hazard was caught, down he went and a penalty was awarded then dispatched with ease into the bottom right hand corner by Hazard to make it 1-0.
Our second was two moments of brilliance from Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa. Arsenal have possession that is broken up on the edge of our box and Chelsea clear their lines. The ball finds it way to Fabregas who, under increasing pressure, looks up just inside the Chelsea half and spots Diego Costa spin away from his marker and in between two Arsenal defenders.
With ease, Fabregas plays a ball over the top like a Quarterbacks pass right into the path of Costa, who take the ball down on his chest, easily beating both of the two centre backs and then lobs the ball over the Goalkeeper to make it 2-0 and game over! Brilliant from both of them.
As for the possible red cards? I agree Cahill's challenge was dangerous and he could have been sent off. The Koscielny tackle being the last line of defence should have been another one and the Danny Welbeck two-footed challenge on Fabregas late on should have been another.
As for the managers? These two hate each other and it was no surprise.
A note of concern was the injury to Thibaut Courtois - another head injury to a goalkeeper. It was an accidental collision and unfortunate but it was obvious that with any whack like that, he should have come off straight away as we have Cech there on the bench. I couldn't understand after what we had been through as a club before, we allowed him to continue.
My Man of the match? Oscar as he was everywhere. Hazard, Fabregas and Costa will take most of the plaudits but for me for all his work off the ball it had to be him.
Chelsea take an all important three points and remain the only unbeaten side in the Premier League now. We sit five points clear of Man City and as we head into the international break, it's been a good start for everyone concerned.