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Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea | Fantastic fightback from the Blues & Credit Frank Lampard.

Chelsea came from behind to beat Arsenal at the Emirates yesterday afternoon to take a massive three points. Goals from Jorginho and Tamm...


Chelsea came from behind to beat Arsenal at the Emirates yesterday afternoon to take a massive three points. Goals from Jorginho and Tammy Abraham took the spoils in the final ten minutes of the game with full credit to Frank Lampard who made three inspired substitutions to change the course of the game.

We had hoped that we would have shaken off the poor midweek performance against Southampton and approached this one as we had last weekend against Tottenham. But for one enforced change with Emerson coming in for Marcos Alonso, it was the same starting eleven that had faced Tottenham. We wanted to see us start the game in the same fashion and really take the game to Arsenal. It was Mikel Arteta's first game in charge and it was interesting to see how they would cope with our press and quick passing.

Being totally honest, Arsenal started the game the way we should have. They were quick going forward, incisive with their passing and was causing us all sorts of problems. Chelsea were laboured in possession, the press wasn't there and we made life easy for Arsenal to win back possession and play through our midfield. Chelsea could not string passes together here and it looked like we were playing with the same mentality as we had against Southampton.

They say that when you are dominating the game you need to score and Arsenal did. A corner comes into the box, we do not win the header at the near post and Aubameyang scores from close range heading home past Kepa who couldn't do anything.

At that point you look for a reaction from the players but there wasn't one. Chelsea were really poor here and being outplayed especially in midfield. I was calling for Jorginho to come on in a 4-3-3 formation which I feel gives us better balance anyway, but was doing this via my Twitter account (you can see on the right hand side in the sidebar and scroll through my in-game commentary) as it was clear we needed to get our foot on the ball. We had been awful for 30 minutes.

Frank Lampard and Jody Morris had identified the same thing and made the substitution in the first half replacing Emerson with Jorginho. Within two minutes we were passing the ball better, moving into their half and things looked much better. Mason Mount forced a save from Leno from a short free-kick played to him just inside the box but at half-time that was all we had to show for ourselves.

According to unconfirmed reports, the Chelsea players ripped into each-other in the dressing room at half-time and cleared the air. Frank Lampard delivered his message to dominate and move the ball quickly and we did exactly that. Chelsea were now well on top but still had little to show for it. Arsenal also had one or two chances but could not take advantage.

Tariq Lamptey came on for Fikayo Tomori who had made the switch to right-back when Jorginho came on and we switched to 4-3-3. Then Callum Hudson-Odoi came on for Mateo Kovacic with around 15-20 minutes to go which again was bold from Lampard. This was a switch to our THIRD different tactical formation of the game now being a 4-2-3-1 with Kante and Jorginho in behind Willian, Mount and Hudson-Odoi supporting Tammy Abraham.

The game was heated with NINE bookings including a yellow for Jorginho. There is an argument that he should have been given a second yellow card for a pull-back when he had lost the ball but all I will say here is that the Referee didn't give it and neither did VAR - end of story.

Then Jorginho wins a free-kick wide left around 35 yards from goal and gives us a chance to get the ball into the box. The high ball is played into the box, Leno in the Arsenal goal misjudges it and finds himself underneath the flight of the ball. It goes over him to the far post and there is Jorginho unmarked with a simple tap-in from close range to make it 1-1. With injury time there is still around ten minutes to go and you think to yourselves "Hold on now, don't blow it" but the Chelsea players have different ideas.

Arsenal throw men forward and they get to the byline and play the ball into box for Toni Rudiger to step forward and head the ball clear. Hudson-Odoi just outside the box facing his own goal flicks the ball down to his left under a challenge in the air and with that N'Golo Kante is away. He plays the ball forward into the stride of Tammy Abraham who has acres of space to run into ahead of him.

He strides into the Arsenal half supported by Mason Mount on his left and Willian busting a gut to support on the right. He plays the ball to Willian thirty yards from goal and his first touch isn't good and takes him out to the right hand corner of the box but he looks up and pulls the ball back into Abraham who has two yards of space ten yards out. He takes a touch to control the ball, another to move the ball out of his feet and a third to strike the ball through the legs of Leno in goal to make it 1-2! A fantastic counter-attack from Chelsea!

Despite some late pressure from Arsenal, Chelsea stand firm and the Referee blows the whistle for full-time and our comeback is complete. It really was an outstanding second half performance and in the end we deserved to get something from the game. It was good to see the team react to the changes made by the manager and to continue to play their football, to not give up and keep going. For being so bad for thirty minutes to being so good shows you the potential we have but we have to be honest and admit that first-half was a real concern.


We have to give full credit and praise to the manager here. THREE different tactical formations in-game and to have the balls to change as early as he did changed the course of the game. It's so good to see a manager who reacts to what he sees rather than stick to a single philosophy as last season.

Two big wins against Tottenham and now Arsenal which have been great but the defeat to Southampton and first-half here shows that there is plenty of work to be done but we have a four point gap to fifth place now. We need to beat Brighton on Wednesday and ensure we play as we did in that second half today to have a chance of winning that one.

What a performance and what a comeback! UTC





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