Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea: Hits and Flops | Premier League 2018-19
Arsenal breezed past Chelsea at the Emirates stadium to hand themselves a lifeline in the race for the top-four.
For a change, Arsenal raced off the blocks and put Chelsea under the cosh at the outset. The home side pressed relentlessly and harried the latter’s defense and midfield into mistakes. Several Chelsea players were culpable of starting the game shakily and the Gunners were rewarded for their perseverance in the 14th minute.
After a corner was cleared, Bellerin whipped a cross into Lacazette’s feet. The Frenchman expertly turned his man in the box and smashed the ball past a hapless Kepa to give Arsenal the lead.
Chelsea got a foothold later in the half and threatened through Pedro yet the Spaniard was guilty of chipping the ball wide when through on goal.
Towards the end of the half, Arsenal pounced on another cheap free-kick the visitors gave away. After Kolasinac won the ball on the edge of the penalty area, Sokratis launched a hopeful ball which was turned into the net by Koscielny.
In the second half, Chelsea enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but rarely threatened the Arsenal goal.
The win means that the Gunners are now only three points adrift of the fourth spot while Chelsea were left to rue the opportunity to go nine points clear of their hosts.
Here is a look at the players that shone brightly at the Emirates and those that turned in insipid displays:
#5 Hit: Aaron Ramsey
Before kick-off, Ramsey was surprisingly given the nod over Iwobi. The change worked a charm as the Welshman put in an accomplished display at the offensive tip of the midfield.
Ramsey was a bundle of energy throughout and covered nearly every blade of grass at the Emirates. The midfielder seemed to enjoy the freedom he was accorded as the ‘No.10’ and was at the heart of everything good the Gunners did in the final third.
Yet, his most important contribution was the nullification of Jorginho. Ramsey was entrusted with stopping the Italian from dictating the play and the former ensured that Jorginho failed to create an impact. A majority of Chelsea’s moves revolve around the Italian and thus, with their supply line effectively cut out, they found it extremely hard to muster anything worthwhile.
Ramsey came up with one of his most complete performances this season and it is just a shame that Emery doesn’t find the midfielder’s skill-set suitable enough for his system.