Chelsea 2-4 Arsenal- Highlights, Takeaways

Two familiar competitors each need points for their purpose. Chelsea are looking to boost their third spot while Arsenal are solidly behind in fourth.

The Blues retained the lead in the first ten minutes, but it was Arsenal that took the lead. Andreas Christensen’s bottom back pass to Edward Mendy cleared Eddie Nketiah. The striker made no mistake one-on-one with a masterful finishing touch. However, he will become a villain after less than five minutes.

Hit the ball point away near the Arsenal penalty area. Timo Werner received it and aimed a speculative shot that took Granit Xhaka’s sinister deflection to the wrong foot of Aaron Ramsdale. Each box with less than 20 minutes on the clock. The match took another turn in less than eight minutes.

A brilliant counterattack from the visitors initiated by Xhaka near his chest found Bukayo Saka. The winger sent the ball to Martin Odegaard whose account was passed by Emile Smith Rowe defender Emile Smith. Arsenal are back on top but just like last time, Chelsea will be back soon.

Coordinated pressure down on the left saw Mason Mount present a cross. Cesar Azpilicueta rushed into the penalty area past Nuno Tavares to put an effort past Ramsdale. 2-2 and this match was not close to the end. There were no goals until the end of the first half with both managers needing to cool down their defences.

The fifth goal arrived 10 minutes after the start of the second half. Azpilicueta gave the ball away in a dangerous situation before entering the penalty area. Thiago Silva and Malang Sar are pulled by Nketia and the ball is bobbing. Finally, it was the striker who scored a goal to restore Arsenal’s lead.

Chelsea controlled the ball as the match went into the last 20 minutes. Arsenal was sitting deeper and deeper to defend a weak lead. The match was very extended towards the end. Both teams were advancing at every opportunity. The host side still sees a lot of ball. Then another error appeared. Azpilicueta Saka hit the ground inside the penalty area. A penalty was awarded and Sacchi did not foul a penalty kick to score a solid away win.

Here are the three main points from the match:

Chelsea crash

It was always going to be a different evening for the back line. Without the relief of Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva, Thomas Tuchel decided to bring in Romelu Lukaku. None of the three decisions worked. The defense was out at sea for most of the match. Christensen was hooked in the first half after a horror show.

Lukaku lasted for an hour with little effect. Werner was the smartest player, constantly holding the ball and looking to get things done. Azpilicueta’s penalty acceptance was a springboard on a bad day. The overall showing was pretty poor and it’s no surprise that Arsenal were able to win in the end.

Attacking Arsenal reaps rewards

Gunners themselves were not great defense teachers. Fortunately for them, Nikita caught fire and more. Their excellent attacking players were the difference, plus some help from Chelsea of ​​course. It was Nketiah’s double and a clever Smith Rowe Caffeine finish for the points before Saka took a penalty.

Xhaka was excellent on both ends of the field. However, there are still some persistent problems. Nuno Tavares hasn’t had the greatest of matches. The absence of Thomas Partey in the midfield. They need to work defensively together if Mikel Arteta is to hope to return to the Champions League.

Back to the top four

Arsenal returned for the first four talks on a par with Tottenham. The North London derby is yet to come and he could act as a decision maker. For Chelsea, the gap against Arsenal has been reduced to just five points. Their season is in danger of derailing.