TheSportsRush takes a look at the 5 things we learnt from Chelsea vs Arsenal. Chelsea beat their London Rivals 3-2 with a late winner.
Chelsea defeated Arsenal 3-2 in the first London Derby of the season to hand Maurizio Sarri his second Premier League win in a row. The Blues led 2-0 courtesy of Pedro and Alvaro Morata but squandered the advantage by gifting Mkhitaryan and Iwobi the goals. Later on in the second half, Marcos Alonso scored through Petr Cech’s legs to hand the Blues three important points. Let’s take a look at a five things we learnt from the game.
- ‘Sarriball’ is a treat to watch- Maurizio Sarri’s football is a treat to watch. It was eye catching in Napoli and it is no different in London. The Premier League giants won two games convincingly and dominated Arsenal at will. Chelsea only switched off during the game in the four minute spell which led to Arsenal scoring twice. But, the Blues were dominant on the field for majority of the game. Do not rule them out of the Premier League race just yet by being deceived by Manchester City.
- Unai Emery needs to address issues on the right side- In a spell of two matches against Manchester City and Chelsea, Arsenal conceded five goals. One thing that was observed is that four out of these five goals were constructed down Arsenal’s right flank. This is certainly not coincidental. Unai Emery needs to find a quick solution to the problem before it is too late. Mesut Ozil needs to track back more often as Hector Bellerin cannot nullify two, or at times, three players alone.
- Marcos Alonso is lethal in the attack- Marcos Alonso provided the assist to Chelsea’s opening goal. The Spaniard also scored the winner in the final stages of the game. He scored six goals in his debut season with Chelsea, eight in his second and already has one this season. His hunger to get inside the box and the contribution to the attacking unit makes him a constant threat to any opposition.
- Lucas Torreira and Guendouzi must play more often- The Uruguayan was handed his debut in the second half while the Frenchman completed a second full game in the Arsenal jersey. While Guendouzi was brilliant against Man City and Chelsea, Torreira also displayed similar flashes. Both the defensive midfielders tried very hard to keep Chelsea’s extreme players at bay. Unfortunately, they shut down in the last ten minutes and saw Chelsea score.
- Pedro keeps on improving- Pedro scored Chelsea’s opener today and now has two goals in as many Premier League matches this season. He was deployed on the right wing by Sarri and did a great job. He performed much better today than he did last week, and he performed much better last week than he did last season. The rate at which he is improving should scare Willian and make him worry about his starting spot.