Arsenal 3- 0 Chelsea
What a result..
Wenger and Arsenal were not going to be distracted by any 20 years at the club celebration, and it seems the Arsenal players got the message. Since the start of the season, slow starts have become second nature to Arsenal and on this day, the players decided to turn up from the first second. The manager went with the same starting eleven that played against Hull and given the nature of the game; I think this is an indication of how the manager wants to play this season.
The most interesting part of this decision for me is the fact that two years ago and even last year if Olivier Giroud is fit, he starts. Now, the manager is confident in the choice he has made to play Sanchez up front despite all of us thinking he was wrong, and his persistence has significantly rewarded him.
Santi Cazorla sent early signals of how the game was headed with a shot from outside the box in the 3rd minute which the struggling Chelsea keeper saved. 8th minutes later, he was left clueless as Alexis Sanchez slotted the ball beautifully from the right corner after a gift of a pass from Gary Cahill. The English defender seems to be making a habit of it after he did the same thing against Swansea this season. However, you might live a very long life and never see a better pass that led to an Arsenal from an opponent like the one is the video below.
Back to the game and it took Arsenal only thirteen minutes to register the second. Nine touches led to the goal. It was classic WENGERBALL. Quick, precise, deadly and even had sprinkling of some inherited Jay Jay Okocha magic. Spare some thought for the young Alex Iwobi. The most beautiful thing about him is the calmness he exuberates, never in a hurry to make a pass or shoot, his decision making is superb, and he executes his thoughts perfectly. The move that led to the Arsenal goal looked like our one touch football movement, but Iwobi knew he had to dress it better, and he did. I am inclined to think he would be the reason Olivier Giroud would struggle to get back into the side. Wenger would make room for Iwobi and currently Sanchez is delivering upfront. Giroud has a battle on his hands as is.
It is always nice when the players give the fans what they want, and I am pretty sure Man United at home last season occupied our thoughts. If you think the second goal was beautiful, the third goal was a classic I believe in you moment. I do not believe I can capture it any better than I did in the tweet below just after the goal was scored. The speed, the quality, the decision making, the execution of the pass and the final ball by Mesut Ozil oozed only one thing….CLASS!!
Sanchez looked up, saw he was graced with Mesut Ozil’s presence. He said, I know that quality and he made the pass.
Quality knows Quality
— CanonCrested (@canoncrested) September 24, 2016
The half ended with no shots on target for Chelsea and Coquelin leaving the pitch injured. He went down pretty badly after making a lovely tackle and attempted to carry on. The good part is he walked out of the pitch and just looking at him you could tell how much he hated the fact he had to go off knowing the kind of quality that was available to replace him. Last year as Coquelin walked off, our option off the bench would have been Flamini. Let that sink in.
The half ended and the rest of the game from an Arsenal perspective was to keep the shape and wait for opportunities to punish Chelsea. And we should have at least twice before the 70th minute from opportunities presented to Theo Walcott. Chelsea finally had a shot on target that was saved by Petr Cech, but it was a toothless performance from them in the end. Cesc, when he was on, was a passenger, Koscienly and Mustafi absolutely bossed Diego Costa. They were immaculate.
I have a lot of time for Mustafi. Usually, it’s the forwards or dabbing midfielders that get all the headlines, but Wenger has to be credited for the quality of defensive signings he has made this season. Rob Holding did excellently at the start of the season and replicated his performances in the EFL Cup during the week. Mustafi, on the other hand, slotted in so perfectly you need to think hard to remember he is a new signing. Like good referees, his best work goes unnoticed. How much of this is down to his defensive partner, only time will reveal but for now, he is a joy to behold. New players come into the league and the cliché is “they will struggle to keep up with the pace of the Premier League.” Mustafi seems to have ideas of his own. Long may this last.
Results look great thus far, and the manager seems to be getting the best out of his team finally.
It is important to note that only one new signing started the game against Chelsea. This result was earned by collective effort built over time. The manager has previously stated this is his most matured squad; he hope this squad delivers the trophies we all deeply seek.
COME ON YOU ARSENAL
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