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Arsenal vs. Chelsea
Would Chelsea defeat the Gunners again in less than a month?
The matches facing the Premier League Big 6 clubs are always attractive. One of the most exciting games of Matchday 24 is the one taking place at Stamford Bridge between Arsenal vs. Chelsea. It is especially interesting because it was less than these teams play against each other in a breathtaking match.
Chelsea comes to this game with the moral a little low after losing on the last date against Newcastle. This match was very important for Chelsea’s aspirations to shorten the distance with Leicester City and stay close to the Champions League positions. The problem was that Newcastle had a defensive strategy with a line of 5 that Chelsea could never break. Those led by Frank Lampard dominated with 70% possession of the ball and 19 shots, but this was not enough to break Dúbravka’s goal. William Borges Da Silva was the one who was closest to opening the scoring for Chelsea at the start of the second part of the game. When it seemed that both teams would leave with a point, Newcastle earned a corner kick in the final minutes of the game. A bad clearance from Chelsea’s defense left the ball at the feet of Allan Saint-Maximin who sent a center that found Isaac Hayden’s head to send it to the bottom of Kepa’s net.
An interesting fact of this match is that Frank Lampard is still betting on the team’s youths, such as Tammy Abraham, 22, and Reece James, 20.
Meanwhile, in the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners jumped to the field with the intention of winning, or at least it was what was seen during the first half of the game. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had to make adjustments in his starting eleven since the Gabonese Pierre Emerick Aubameyang will be suspended for 3 dates. Arteta will trust the 18-year-old Gabriel Martinelli to complete the team’s offense. Arteta’sdecision would be correct since, in the 45th minute after a pass from Bukayo Saka, the young Brazilian would score the goal of the advantage for Arsenal. After the goal, Arsenal completely lost its inspiration, and stopped creating goal opportunities, did not pressure the opponent, and retreated to defend. Despite the poor performance, Arsenal dominated ball possession with 61%. The Sheffield currently 7 in the table would take advantage of the low intensity of Arsenal in the second half and would do everything to achieve a goal. John Fleck would be the hero for the Sheff since, at minute 83, he would find a ball in the area that, with a powerful shot plus some luck, scored the goal of the draw.
With this result, Arsenal continues to stagnate in 10th place in the table and is increasingly moving away from the Champions League positions, which seemed to be the main objective of the new coach.
Arsenal seems to have solved some problems, but not all. The team has a record of only one game won from its last 5. In all games, Arsenal has shown the same behavior playing very well in the first part, where they even score, but after one goal, the team folds and messes up. We see no chance that Arsenal can win at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal +363
Although Chelsea lost its last game, the team has shown excellent performance. Recall that a little less than a month ago, they defeated Arsenal in the Emirates 2-1. This time they have the edge of playing at home, so a victory for Chelsea is very likely. Chelsea -127