Whenever Chelsea take on Arsenal, either at Stamford Bridge or at Emirates, you know any team can oust the other. And it’s a game in which form well and truly goes out of the window and it’s the performance on the given day that actually matters the most. And Chelsea proved that once again when they emerged as 1-0 winners at the Emirates against 10-man Gunners.
Diego Costa’s strike minutes after Per Mertesacker’s sending off was enough to deny Arsenal any point, in a performance that dented their title hopes. After being down to ten men, Arsenal did fight well enough but could not salvage a point from the big clash at North London. And here are some of the things that we can learn from Arsenal’s loss:
Arsenal are still good at choking
Arsenal headed into the game as favorites for yielding all three points against a struggling Chelsea unit, but as it has always been- they messed it all up. Mertesacker’s sending off could’ve been avoided. The big German looked at the linesman before going in with the challenge and it was undeniably foolish of him to do so. Wenger’s decision to take off Olivier Giroud for bringing on Gabriel Paulista after Per’s sending off was another decision that swayed the game in Chelsea’ favor. Although, the performance was a tad encouraging, but Arsenal’s failure to beat the big clubs shows they still have a soft underbelly, especially against Chelsea.