Monday, 6 October 2014

Chelsea FC Defeat Arsenal FC 2-0

Chelsea FC were set and ready to hose one of the games fans look forward to most, Chelsea vs, Arsenal. The gunners, like some of the other traditionally top clubs in the premier league, has had a slow start to the season, but bill be buoyed by their midweek UEFA Champions League victory. The blues on the other hand, have had a blistering start to the season, and could give themselves a very comfortable cushion over one of their fiercest rivalries with a victory.
One of the early themes was the games physicality. Both teams were allowed to make some challenges what some would consider fouls, and the teams adjusted to the style of refereeing accordingly. There were a few players who overstepped their boundaries though. Gary Cahill, Laurent Koscielny, and Calum Chambers were all cautioned.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was forced off after the earlier challenge by Alexis Sanchez. The young Belgian attempted to play through the injury, but could not continue. Chelsea legend and longtime man between the posts Petr Cech would be called on in relief.
Eden Hazard would give the home fans the goal they desperately wanted in the 27th minute. After making a run which saw him skip past two Arsenal defenders, Koscielny took Hazard down in the penalty area. The referee deemed it a penalty, but the Frenchman avoided the dreaded “double jeopardy” by only receiving a yellow card, Hazard stepped up, and calmly finished making the score 1-0
The gunners would try to grab a quick equalizer after a good passing move. Red shirts streamed down the other end of the pitch in hopes of taking back some momentum, but Jack Wilshere’s poor touch let the ball slide into the waiting arms of Cech.
Arsenal did show some life again at the end of the half. There were two occasions were it seemed one of the attacking players would be able to get a good shot off, but nobody in a red shirt could produce the final ball necessary to break down the Chelsea defense.
The score would be 1-0 to Chelsea going into halftime, but Arsenal looked dangerous at time, and an early goal should come as no surprise.
The first big chance of the second half of course came through Hazard. As usual, he beat his marker down the left flank,and was able to send in a ball with pace. Mathieu Flamini got a touch to it, but the ball was sent excruciatingly close to his own near post. Fortunately for Arsenal fans, Wojciech Szczesny got a hand to it and prevented the own goal
Surprisingly, much of the second half was dominated by Arsenal. The away side controlled possession, with plenty coming in the attacking third, while Chelsea defended well, but got little going forward.
In the 78th minute this would change, as Chelsea would sucker punch Arsenal with a late goal. Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas played in Diego Costa, who found himself one on one with the keeper. As Szczesny came out, Costa chipped the ball, and watched it float into the back of the night. Chelsea were up 2-0, and looked poised to walk away with al three points.
Chelsea would continue to send back any Arsenal attack, and held on to a clean sheet. With the victory, the blues continue their hot start to the season, and sit comfortably atop the Barclay’s Premier League. Arsenal continue their early season struggles, and will look to turn around their poor run of form next week.