A mega London rivalry in the biggest football league on the planet, a clash of the Titans and a match worthy of turning into a title decider, Chelsea vs Arsenal was always going to be an exciting affair and it surely wasn’t anything else, to say the least.
Goals, mistakes, splendid efforts and drama, the big clash had it all and here are the 5 talking points to be taken into consideration after the match:
1. Title almost decided
With over almost 1/4th of the season yet to go, such is the magnitude of Chelsea’s win over Arsenal that one can claim them definite title favourites. With Spurs and Gunners being closest to the Blues, Arsenal are now 12 points behind in 3rd place after yesterday’s loss. Chelsea went quite ahead and ended the hopes of their rivals by beating them comprehensively with a 3-1 score line and proved that they’re in it to win it this time.
2. Revenge taken
It was probably after the loss to Arsenal at the Emirates that caused Conte to shuffle his formation and make some changes that eventually worked out in his favour, but a win over the same team again and in spectacular style was probably a day the Italian Manager was waiting for since a while, and when the chance arrived, his team delivered, that too with a bit of flare and a statement of intent.
3. Goal of the season contender
Eden Hazard was named a ghost last season and he has come back with a swagger to haunt all teams this term. His goal against Arsenal is probably a potential goal of the season challenger along with the likes of Carrol, Mkhitaryan and Giroud. The player collected the ball on the halfway line and dribbled past all Arsenal defenders making a fool out of them before calmly chipping it over the falling Cech and sending the home crowd into amazed raptures.
4. Time for new at Arsenal
With the passion and aggression of Conte in Chelsea and those like Pep and Klopp in other big teams, it maybe is time for Arsenal to realise how Wenger has probably past the age to manage in the Premier League, and despite him being an excellent and faithful servant, they need to look for a young, charismatic manager to take the team forward, especially from the sidelines. The league is fast changing and if Wenger does not want to match up to the speed, he needs to move out for the sake of the club’s future.
5. No show from Ozil-Sanchez
As blamed in the season previously at times, Mesut Ozil was yet again missing the action when it came to performing in a big game and delivering what is expected from a World Cup winning midfielder. His shocking and dismal performance was evident for the world to see and Sanchez gave him good company in that department. With the best-two not performing, the rest of the squad really cannot be blamed for their efforts if they don’t have a bar set to beat or compete with.
There might be a long way to go for in the season yet, but Arsenal will somehow be looking for a change in fortunes and turn their game into top winning form again and somehow pray for a miraculous Chelsea’s downfall in order to keep any hopes of winning the title alive.
As of now, the Blue’s flag is ready to fly highest.