If there is a game where performance mattered more than the result, it was this game. After continuously being criticised by media for not turning up in big away games, Arsenal team finally shut all the haters with a convincing performance away at stamford bridge where the game finished 0-0 unluckily for us. We could have easily won the game as we had the better chances but we just couldn’t score. We clearly were the better team & dominated most parts of the game, even Chelsea fans will agree to that. In the process we also become the first team to stop Conte’s Chelsea from scoring at home. Wenger & the team also have a very handsome record recently against Chelsea in all competitions.
Arsenal started with almost the same eleven from our last premier league game as wenger made a forced change because Özil wasn’t available due to a knock. Wenger questionably chose Iwobi over Sanchez for that position which received a lot of criticism but it ultimately worked out perfectly for the team.
We started the game a little consciously but really grew into the game after 10 minutes of play. We were resolute at the back & everyone worked really hard from the start. Ramsey totally bossed that midfield & had an exceptional performance, he sort of was everywhere. Xhaka controlled the tempo & helped the defence really well. We had some missed opportunities where Ramsey did brilliantly to try n score a sensational goal only to hit the post & then Lacazette missing a sitter from the resulting rebound where he should have scored. We created nicely in the first half where Welbeck missed a header & Lacazette couldn’t connect well with another chance. Cech made some brilliant saves specially the one where he denied pedro who was clean through on goal & koscielny helped him well too. Mustafi & Monreal kept morata in their pockets and were generally very solid. Second half was more about not doing anything silly and also being solid which we did brilliantly. We did brilliantly in the second half, defended convincingly , controlled the game & attacked when we had a chance. There weren’t many chances in the second half specially late on because it became more sensible to not lose that precious point away from home. Mustafi had a goal rightly disallowed for offside after a brilliant ball from Xhaka. Alexis & Giroud came on to stretch the game a little later on and did well. Welbeck went off injured & David luiz was sent off in the dying minutes deservedly for a very bad challenge on Kolasinac. It was a straight red as it was a potential leg breaker. Our game management was superb on the day & Wenger got everything spot on the day, be it his tactics, preparation or team selection. On to the Ratings now,
FIRST TEAM :
Cech – 8
Brilliant display by our number 1. Was looking cool & full of confidence. His experience showed as he made some outstanding saves notably where pedro was clean through. He commanded the box well & was hardly challenged due to his brilliance.
Koscielny – 8
Had a very solid game. Nothing really went past him, won most of the duels , made some crucial interceptions & recoveries while His blocks & clearances were equally important. His reading of the game & passing was exceptional as well.
Mustafi – 8.5
Was pick of our defenders. Kept toying with morata & kept him at bay. Was a brilliant performance probably his best in an Arsenal shirt. He cleared all sorts of balls , dominated aerially and read the game intelligently. Could have scored had he timed his run more accurately for that header. That move to put him in the centre of back 3 is clearly bringing the best out of him & the team.
Monreal – 8
Mr. Consistent had a very good game again. Kept morata at bay. His reading of the game & the help he gave to mustafi was very important at times.His interceptions & passes were good. Chelsea hardly troubled him.
Bellerin – 8
He had a good game & was dominating that right flank. Didn’t allow alonso to do anything & was convincing both offensively and defensively. Put some brilliant crosses into the box. Helped the team by getting a yellow towards the end which showed his desire. Three back to back good games by him.
Ramsey – 9 (MOTM)
It was a Phenomenal performance by the Man of the match Ramsey. Welshman totally dominated that midfield , pulled all the strings & was sort of everywhere. Defended well, passed well & was very unlucky not to score after a brilliant solo run where he hit the post. Made kante & fabregas look ordinary. His positioning was very good & he covered the most distance on the field.
Xhaka – 7.5
Had a good game as he controlled the game from deep. His tackles & defending was very good. Helped the defence well, he wasn’t spectacular but didn’t put a foot wrong.
Kolasinac – 7.5
Started a little consciously but later grew into the game. Dominated that left flank later on, hardly gave Chelsea attackers any space. His attacking was dangerous & tried a very good shot in the first half. Another solid performance by kolasinac. Was badly tackled at the end by luiz which resulted in red, i hope our tank is ok.
Iwobi – 7
Had a good game, was a surprise inclusion but proved everyone wrong with his work rate & decisive play. Passing was good but could do more in an attacking sense. After this performance, i hope he gets his confidence back. Substituted later for Elneny.
Lacazette – 7
Had a good game , his passing and linkup play was impressive. Missed two chances, one where he should have scored on the rebound as it was an easy chance. This performance will give him more confidence , later substituted for Sanchez.
Welbeck – 7
Had a very good game until he got injured. Ran up & down with speed and power. His closing down & work rate was crucial today. Should have scored with a chance but overall a very nice game. Got injured later on and Giroud took his place. I hope he gets well soon.
Sanchez – 6
Was looking sharp when he came on, his desire & work rate was good. Couldn’t do much as we looked content with a point later on. Will start more games now.
Giroud – 6
Looked good after coming on, but didn’t really do much. His holdup play & linkups were good as always. Hopefully he gets a start in midweek.
Elneny – 6
Came on later to control the game in midfield which he did nicely. Nothing fancy but looked sharp.
Really proud of this solid performance, it really looked like everybody was playing for the badge. I hope this brings back our lost confidence in big games & we go on to reach more heights during the course of this season. Also i would like to acknowledge the good work by away fans as they were spectacular today, they were many times louder than the Chelsea support. Good work lads !!
Thats all from my review & ratings. I hope you liked it . Thank you for reading. Your comments are all welcome. Happy Gooners!🙌
Tejasvi Bhandari ( @SaviAfc on Twitter )