05/12/2021 at 11:23 PM CEST
In a season full of disappointments, Arsenal took a small joy from Stamford Bridge in the form of victory in the London derby of the Premier League. A prestigious triumph against Chelsea, thanks to an early goal by Smith Rowe already an impeccable defensive work. Three very necessary points for the Gunners European aspirations and that also serve to break the streak of eight derbies won by the blues at home.
Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (Ziyech, 77 ‘), Thiago Silva, Zouma; James, Jorginho, Gilmour (Hudson-Odoi, 46 ‘), Chilwell; Pulisic, Havertz (Giroud, 65 ‘), Mount.
Log; Holding, Gabriel, Marí; Saka (Bellerín, 64 ‘(Chambers, 87’)), Elneny, Partey, Tierney; Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang (Lacazette, 79 ‘)
Stamford Bridge. Door closed.
In very different dynamics the two London duel contenders arrived. Chelsea, climbed to the top of the table, finalist in the Champions League and in search of the FA Cup. Arsenal, fighting not to be left behind from the positions that give access to continental competitions, although with two consecutive victories in the league, and eliminated from the Europa League by Villarreal.
Although Chelsea warned first, it was the visitors who certified the occasion. Blunder of Jorginho that took advantage of those of Arteta. The Italian sent a ball back with his goalkeeper defeated and in the attempt to clear, Kepa left the ball at the feet of Aubameyang that yielded to Smith Rowe and he shot point-blank.
A target, that although it did not make Chelsea back down, it did serve to rethink all the initial schemes, especially those of Arteta, who delayed ranks and put together a defense worthy of his rival. A new panorama that ended up putting the game in a stretch of slumber where hardly anything happened, except for a failure of the ‘gunner’ defense that he could not take advantage of Saka.
At the restart, there were hardly any changes to the script. Arsenal remained locked in their area and Chelsea tried to find a gap to equalize the contest although it was not an easy task. Not even when the ball entered between the three sticks. And it is that after a corner that finished Pulisic at the back of the net, the goal did not go up due to a clear offside.
The changes further confirmed the general lines of the party. Arteta gave entrance to Bellerín, while Tuchel sent to the bench a Havertz, disappeared, to put on the grass a former Arsenal, Olivier giroud. A pure forward who on the first ball he touched was about to see the door although the shot went high. Little else offered the French in the offensive section.
With hardly any fissures, Arsenal was walking towards victory and although Chelsea had two clear chances already almost in the addition, the stick and the gunner wall did their job and maintained the 0-1 in the light. Of course, at the cost of the hearts of the Gunners fans who suffered until the final whistle.
Arsenal’s third consecutive victory in the league to match their best streak so far this season and oxygen balloon to continue dreaming of reaching the positions that give access to Europe.