London. A city is known for its riches, history, and monuments. To us football freaks, it is divided into 3 colors- The red of Arsenal, the blue of Chelsea, and the White of Tottenham. Blue-faced Red at the Emirates in a quintessential match for a champions league place. Arsenal were 6 points behind Chelsea in 5th and a loss would mean being 9 points adrift. While winning against them will cut the gap to just 3 points. The gunners started off with Aubameyang and Lacazette up top, while Hazard played as a false number 9 for Chelsea. It was Sarriball vs Emeryball in North London.
Arsenal pressed from minute one, with Ramsey man-marking Jorginho, so Chelsea couldn’t flow the ball as they wished to. Lacazette received the ball in the 4th minute spreading the right flank and crossed in a ball to Aubameyang with Azplicueta getting a vital touch to save the goal. Chelsea looked to play rather normally, spreading the ball to the wingers with no conviction and with no one to aim in the box, the ball was just going sideways. Arsenal created many chances following corner situations. Bellerin whipped in a cross for Lacazette to control expertly. He then skipped past Pedro and Alonso before striking in the near top corner. His control and footwork were majestic as Arsenal led in the London derby. Aubameyang was magnificent both defensively and offensively. He slid in to stop Hazard from shooting moments later and snatched the ball off Azplicueta to run at Rudiger but shoot straight into Kepa’s hands. Ramsey was doing a great job, taking care of helpless Jorginho. Following another set-piece situation, Kolasinac headed the ball down to Sokratis who in an attempt to shoot, fluffed his lines and with luck, the ball landed towards Koscielny’s shoulder who scored off it. 2-0 to Arsenal. Emirates went crazy. All the problems that the club was facing were forgotten. With the half ending, Alonso hit the post for Chelsea from a corner. The half ended and Sarri had to think of a master plan to beat the Gunners.
The second half began and Chelsea weren’t out with the tempo to win but to settle with the loss. No great chances created for both the sides. The highlight of the second half was seeing Hector Bellerin stretcher out following what seems as a groin injury. Giroud, Barkley, and Odoi came on for the Blues but did nothing as to trouble the Arsenal defense. The match ended 2-0 to Arsenal and the North Londoners took all 3 points.